If you think you are ahead of the game in terms of planning for the summer
with your co-parent, you are wrong. Divorced parents should never put
off summer plans, so if you do not already have a plan in place with your
co-parent, now is the time to start preparing!
Here is a list of some tips that will help you and your co-parent prepare
and plan for the upcoming summer break:
Start now: In case we did not already emphasize the importance of planning ahead,
here is your biggest tip – there is no such thing as too early.
Both of you should know when your children’s last day of school
is and when their return date is. After all, you cannot plan anything
without knowing how long their summer break is. Depending on how well
you and your former spouse are able to get along with one another, you
might schedule an in-person meeting or a phone conversation to discuss
and negotiate your plans for them. You might not be able to agree on everything,
but try to compromise where you can.
Talk to your kids: Your children wait all year for the summer break and probably have hopes
of their own when it comes to what they would like to do with their free
time. Have a talk with them to find out what they wish to do and share
your ideas with them. If you can, try to accommodate their desires within
reason. The expensive vacations you and your co-parent have in mind might
not be what they want at all, so first check with them before you get
ahead of yourselves.
Agree to share expenses: If your children go to summer camp or need other items related to the
summer break, divide these one-time expenses as fairly as you can, so
that one parent is not burdened with the costs, assuming these expenditures
are not already addressed in your child support order.
Be open to compromise: Being cooperative and open to compromise is a big deal in a co-parenting
relationship, so continue to keep that in mind as you go through the summer.
Your plans might not always work out the way you want them to, so if something
comes up, be reasonably flexible and willing to accommodate these changes.
Remember to take care of yourself: If you are used to having your children around more frequently, it might
be a little hard to cope with their absence during the summer break. Take
this as an opportunity to engage in some self-care. Spend time with friends
and do things that bring you happiness. Your children will be back to
spend time with you before you know it!
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