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My ex-husband and I have decided to quarantine together with our 5-year-old daughter. It's been tough, but it's working a?? and we have no plans to change our situation as things start to reopen

My ex-husband and I have decided to quarantine together with our 5-year-old daughter. It's been tough, but it's working a?? and we have no plans to change our situation as things start to reopen
Katie Nave



Katie Nave is freelance writer, advocate, and nonprofit communications specialist based in Brooklyn, New York.




At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nave and her ex-husband made the decision to cohabitate in their weekend house outside of the city, in order to more safely co-parent their 5-year-old daughter.




Nave says "the first month was brutal" as she and her ex fell back into toxic habits — he became overly critical and she grew resentful and insecure.




After more time however, tensions eased as they began to turn to each other for support.




Above all else, Nave says that she and her husband are dedicated to be loving co-parents and that the quarantine experience has also made them friends.




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In early March, my ex-husband, Morgan, and I sat at a friend's kitchen table scrolling headlines and speculating about just how bad things were about to get. It was more than a year after our breakup after a decade together and a few weeks before the pandemic would ravage New York City. We had been living separately in Brooklyn, New York and successfully co-parenting our 5-year-old daughter, but now found ourselves navigating potential catastrophic scenarios with a united sense of dread.
As soon as our daughter's school officially closed, we decided to pack up for an indefinite period of time and head out east to the weekend house we'd bought together as a married couple. The walls of my small apartment were starting to close in on me, so the idea of fleeing the epicenter for more space was quite appealing.
I understand how unrelatable this may seem. We're incredibly fortunate to have space outside of the city, to have our health, and to have jobs as creative freelancers that aren't deemed essential services, allowing us to safely work from home. I was never in a physically or emotionally abusive situation, as many have experienced during quarantine. No matter how challenging this time has been, the amount of privilege at every turn is not lost on me.
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