With the new school year comes an often-confusing mix of emotions. Children and parents may be both excited for and dreading the school year in equal measure. Adjustments can be exciting and stressful in many different ways. The complexities of an adjustment to school routine can become more difficult in a co-parenting situation or on the heels of divorce. The adjustment to a shared-custody lifestyle can compound the issues children face heading into the school year. With this in mind, there are some important ways that co-parents can help smooth the transition for their child.
Bring Closure to the Summer
With the start of the school year comes the “end of summer blues.” A fun way to help alleviate this is to bring some kind of closure to the summer with a fun activity or party for your child. This is a good way for your child to have fun with family and friends, de-stress, and leave a lasting good memory for the summer. In addition, an end-of-summer celebration will also provide a good opportunity to link up with the child’s co-parent and create an open line of communication.
Communicate and Create Structure
Communicating with a co-parent is key. It is important for you and your child’s co-parent to create detailed and well-thought-out parenting plan that details your child’s schedule, activities, and needs throughout the school year. It is necessary to determine where the child will be staying each night, knowing in advance which parent is in charge of dropping the child off at school, which parent is picking them up day-by-day, and establishing certain universal routines. With a solid structure, it will be much easier to take care of your child in a consistent and helpful way.
Keep Kids Informed and Involved
One of the easiest ways to maintain a proper structure and routine for your child is to get them involved in the creation of this structure. Make sure your children know which co-parent they are staying with. Coordinate routines with their co-parent to make sure they have the same morning and nightly routine, regardless which house they are staying. Allowing children to contribute in the creation of their schedule and determining extracurricular activities can help them feel empowered and positive about the upcoming school year.
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Divorce and shared custody can be a difficult situation for children and co-parents. However, you do not need to go through it alone. If you are experiencing a dispute with a co-parent, the South Jersey divorce lawyers at Kearney, Burns & Martone are prepared to help. Contact us online or call 856-547-7733 to schedule a consultation today.