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Navigating the school year as a co-parent

On Behalf of | Jul 15, 2022 | Family Law |

The new school year is just around the corner, and for co-parents, it’s time to start figuring out the schedule. 

If you’re new to co-parenting, you may wonder how to navigate this new territory after a summer of relaxation and fun. Here are some tips on how to make the most of the school year as a co-parent.

Communication is key

Keeping communication channels open with your ex is one of the most vital parts of a successful school year. Though it can be difficult for the two of you to maintain a relationship, it is essential to remember that you are working towards the same goal: raising happy, healthy children.

Although it can be challenging to coordinate schedules, it’s important to make time to talk about your child’s education, extracurricular activities, and other commitments. By sharing information and communicating regularly, you can help ease your child’s transition into the school year. 

Keep a routine schedule

One of the best ways to make the school year go more smoothly is to stick to the schedule as much as possible, which means having a routine for homework, after-school activities, and bedtime and being consistent with rules and expectations.

Establishing a routine is important for children of all ages, but it can be especially helpful for kids transitioning between two homes. Children can feel more secure and less stressed by having a set schedule. 

Don’t abandon flexibility

While you need to have a routine, you should be flexible when necessary. If one parent runs late for pick-up, the other should be willing to adjust their schedule accordingly. And if there is a last-minute change to the custody schedule, both parents should work together to find a solution that works for everyone involved. 

By being flexible and working together, co-parents can make the school year a success for their children—and themselves.