Summer is a great time for family reunions, beach days, and road trips. Unfortunately for divorced parents who must share custody of their children, summer vacation can bring unique challenges when it comes to co-parenting.
From scheduling travel plans to ensuring young ones have the care they need while school is out, navigating the logistics of shared parenting during this season can be quite tricky. However, there are some ways to make summer co-parenting easier.
1. Communicate early and often
Ensure both parents are aware of any changes in plans or schedules as soon as possible to help avoid confusion and frustration down the line.
2. Set up a shared calendar
A shared calendar is an invaluable tool for co-parents, especially during the summer when there are more activities and trips to keep track of. Everything in one place makes coordinating who is responsible for what on any given day or week easier.
3. Be flexible with your expectations
With kids out of school, their days may differ from what you’re used to during the school year. Try to be understanding if they want to sleep in or take a break from their usual routine now and then – it’s all part of enjoying their summer vacation!
4. Remember that fair doesn’t always mean equal
Don’t get too hung up on making sure each parent gets precisely the same amount of time with the kids throughout the summer; sometimes, it just isn’t feasible due to work commitments or other obligations, so be prepared to make compromises if necessary to ensure everyone gets quality time together.
Summer is often filled with family vacations, special events, and fun activities. Having a plan for co-parenting in the summer months can ensure everyone enjoys it. With both parents’ support, summer can be an incredible time to create enriched memories for your child while developing a healthier parenting relationship.