The summer months present some challenges for parents who are separated and divorced. They must coordinate their schedules, vacations and where the kids will go during the day.
While creating a parenting schedule for the upcoming summer may seem daunting, it does not have to be. Try using some tips here to make the process simple and painless:
You and your child’s other parent will likely plan some type of getaway or vacation over the summer. If this is the case, you should work together to ensure you both get the time desired. This may mean compromising on certain things so you can have the time with your child you want.
It is also probably best to give your child at least a little break between their vacations to recover. You should also agree that you and your spouse are permitted to travel outside of the state with your child for the vacation. This can help prevent issues and conflicts later.
Ask your kids for their opinion
If your kids are old enough, be sure to include them in the plan. For example, do they have friends they want to see during the summer? Do they prefer to go with one parent who can take them to work during the day? Be sure to get their input to ensure they have a pleasant summer rather than one full of uncertainty about where they will be from one day to the next.
Creating a summer parenting plan
If you and your ex-spouse do not usually get along, you should remember that creating a plan that works for you is in the child’s best interest (which is the most important thing). Try to put your disagreements aside to create a schedule that works for you and your child.