"Having my parents and seeing how seamlessly it seemed that they did it, we never knew anything negative," Khloé Kardashian tells PEOPLE

By Jen Juneau and Aili Nahas
July 16, 2020 04:50 PM
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When it comes to co-parenting amicably with her ex Tristan Thompson, Khloé Kardashian credits her own mom, father and stepfather with leading by example.

"Having my parents and seeing how seamlessly it seemed that they did it, we never knew anything negative," Khloé, 36, tells PEOPLE exclusively in a conversation surrounding her migraine-related Take Back Today campaign with Nurtec. "I'm sure it was difficult for them too but we never knew anything negative."

"My stepdad [Caitlyn Jenner] and my dad would play golf would play golf once a week and my dad would come over for dinner once a week and to my little sisters, that was their uncle Robert," she adds of her late father Robert Kardashian Sr., with whom mom Kris Jenner also shared Khloé's older sisters Kim Kardashian West and Kourtney Kardashian (Caitlyn, 70, and Kris, 64, share Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner.)

"We were very close and it was all led with love," Khloé says.

From L to R: Tristan Thompson; Khloé Kardashian; Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner
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Of how she and Thompson, 29, successfully co-parent their 2-year-old daughter True, "So many people don't understand it, but I lead with love and we put our child first," she explains. "If you have that mindset, everything else follows easily. We have a family together. Don't make it more difficult by dragging your feet. This is going to be forever, so we want to make it the best that we can."

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Khloé Kardashian with daughter True and mom Kris Jenner
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Khloé Kardashian and Robert Kardashian Sr.
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The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star also credits Kourtney, 41, and her ex Scott Disick for their co-parenting skills with their three children: Reign Aston, 5½, Penelope Scotland, 8, and Mason Dash, 10.

"Kourtney and Scott are so amazing at it. I learn a lot from all of them," says Khloé, likely additionally referring to sister Kylie, 22, and her ex Travis Scott, who share 2-year-old daughter Stormi.

Khloé and Thompson have had their share of relationship ups and downs over the past couple of years. The pair split last year following news of the basketball star's cheating scandal with Kardashian-Jenner family friend Jordyn Woods. He also allegedly cheated on the reality star in 2018 while she was pregnant with True.

"Tristan and I needed that time to heal and I needed time to go through my emotions. But now he's literally one of my best friends," Khloé tells PEOPLE. "A lot of that has been because of quarantine. We spend a lot of time together with no distractions, and seeing him as a dad and how helpful he is, I'm so grateful. Especially during this time because it's such an isolating time. I'm really grateful for that support and that additional help."

"I really am proud of him and myself," the Good American designer says. "The key is that I had amazing examples. Now that I'm an adult and I have a child and know how difficult co-parenting can be, I understand. You can get possessive, like, 'This is my kid!' It's crazy. But it's both of your kids."

Tristan Thompson and Khloé Kardashian with daughter True
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True, adorably nicknamed Tutu by her cousins ("Now she calls herself that," Khloé says), has run the gamut on her pop-culture obsessions as of late, from Sesame Street's Abby to Peppa Pig. "And now," the mother of one shares with PEOPLE, "she's obsessed with these stuffed animals with big eyes and she calls them her babies."

Of her decision to partner with Nurtec, Khloé reveals that she started getting migraines at the age of 12 and had "tried everything" to deal with the "completely debilitating" pain that would cause her to "have to cancel [her] whole day."

"But I was given a sample of Nurtec ODT; it's dissolvable. And it worked in 15 minutes. I couldn't believe it," she raves. "So to be able to find a therapy that works and I can actually go about my day and be a mom to True has been amazing. And if I can help even one person with their own migraines, then it's worth it."

Before "dealing with the stress" of the coronavirus pandemic, the Revenge Body host says her life "was always about a balance between family and work and sometimes too much work was going on." But after being "overwhelmed with fear" at first, she has found "a new normal" with her daughter.

"I've been able to spend so much more time being present with True, not on my phone or checking emails, but really present," Khloé says. "I cook more, I spend time with family. So there have been those good moments when you're forced to slow down."