Summer means the kids are off of school, and that usually means there is an adjustment to the schedule. If you are dealing with a co-parenting situation, this likely means that you and your children’s other parent need to adjust your schedules to prepare for this change. Vacations are common during this time, but there definitely needs to be communication and planning involved to get that accomplished. Here are some tips for co-parenting during the summer months.
How to Effectively Co-Parent During the Summer: Always Consult Your Parenting Agreement
So, it’s time to start figuring out what your summer is going t look like with your kiddos. The best piece of advice I can give you is to pull out your parenting agreement and review it. This will just refresh your memory about what you and your ex have already decided on. You may have previously addressed summer time in your plan and forgotten the specifics. If there is no summer agreement in place, it may be a good time to reach out to your co-parent to discuss a plan and create a schedule. Make sure you address any vacations, changes to overnights, activities or daycare for your children and the logistics surrounding transportation as well. Get everything in writing, so you have the reassurance that the agreement you reached is binding.
Calendaring is Key: Create a Co-Parenting Calendar to Share
As you meet to decide on the summer schedule, use a calendar to easily organize the information. Both parents should get a copy, so everyone is on the same page. This calendar should show who has the children on each date, when the child will be on vacation and with who, along with any special events or occasions that need to be addressed. Using google calendar is a great way to create and share a calendar with another party. It can also track any changes or edits, so both parties can be kept accountable.
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