Summer can present unique challenges and opportunities for co-parenting. Kids are usually out of school and many families opt to take vacations. This might not be as easy as you think if you and the child’s other parent are divorced.
Start discussing summer plans with your co-parent well in advance. This allows you to coordinate vacations, activities and childcare arrangements more easily, ensuring a smoother transition for your children.
While summer can be more relaxed, it’s essential to maintain some level of structure and routine. Consistent bedtime, mealtime and household rules help provide stability and security for your children. Children may need to have a babysitter, go to daycare or spend time at a day camp. Ideally, you and your ex will work together to set up this plan so it’s consistent for the summer.
Work with your co-parent to plan vacations that don’t conflict with each other’s schedules. Make sure to share travel details and emergency contact information in case of unforeseen circumstances. Double-check your parenting plan to determine if there are special guidelines for vacations. These can include points like geographical restrictions or vacation plans trumping the regular parenting time schedule.
Make sure your children have regular contact with both parents throughout the summer, whether through phone calls, video chats or in-person visits. This helps maintain a strong bond between the children and both parents. It also allows the children to share their excitement with both parents throughout the summer.
Summertime fun doesn’t have to be stressful if you and your co-parent work together to set the tone for this time. It may help you to work with someone who can assist you with coming up with creative solutions to the issues you’re having.