Beginning the school year is a very exciting time. There are new teachers, friends, and experiences. However, for some children, the unknown can also cause anxiety. Children of divorced parents may experience added uncertainty as they transition between different households. Our Towson child custody lawyers remind co-parents that they can make a few simple adjustments to set their children up for a great school year.
Save the date
Between homework, extra-curricular activities, and playdates, schedules can get confusing. Co-parents who share a common calendar will always be on the same page, regardless of who is with the children on a given day. Sharing an online calendar is a simple way for both parents to stay on top of schedules. There are several user-friendly interactive calendar apps that parents can use to add and change to manage their kids’ schedules.
Make an appearance
Both parents should be a regular presence at their children’s schools. Co-parents should make school teachers, nurses, counselors and administrators aware of their children’s living situation and schedule. If the divorce is fairly recent, check in with your child’s school counselor on a regular basis to ensure they are receiving all the support they need to succeed.
Stay in the Know
Ask school officials to send copies of assignments, report cards and other important information home with both parents. This keeps both parents informed and prevents anything from falling through the cracks as kids rotate between two homes. Ask teachers to notify both parents of any issues there may be at school. Both parents should also be included in school conferences and any other meetings with teachers and counselors.
Settle into a Routine
Children of divorce are already dealing with enormous changes. Countering those with a predictable school year schedule eliminates unnecessary anxiety and gives them a sense of stability and safety. Even while co-parenting, divorced parents can agree to implement similar morning and bedtime rituals like homework, bath time, and bedtime stories. Keeping schedules the same from week to week allows kids to plan ahead and feel in control.
Towson Child Custody Lawyers Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC Helps Spouses Co-Parent after Divorce
Divorce can be confusing and painful for everyone involved, especially children. With the support of an experienced child custody attorney, parenting through a divorce can be a smooth process. Towson child custody lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC help divorcing parents achieve the best resolution possible for their family. Call us at 443-589-0150 or complete our online form to schedule a consultation about your case.
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