Tips for Co-Parenting During Summer Break

Summer breaks are an excellent opportunity for families to spend quality time together and grow closer. However, when children’s parents are divorced, finding a way to divide the summer schedule fairly can be difficult. Each parent wants to use the break to spend extra time with the kids but figuring out how to make it work often involves compromise.

Co-Parenting Tips: How to Enjoy the Summer Holiday with Your Kids

Protecting your time with your children while respecting your spouse’s time with your kids is the balancing act that makes co-parenting so difficult. It’s especially difficult during the summer when your regular schedules are often turned upside down. Summers can be filled with all sorts of exciting opportunities to spend time together as a family, including vacations, family reunions, and holiday gatherings. But figuring out how to fit all that action into a couple of months can be a tall order, especially when your children spend half that time with your ex-spouse. Here are a few tips for how to successfully co-parent during your children’s summer break:

  • Plan Early – You and your ex-spouse both may have summer plans that involved specific dates, a lot of planning, or a large financial commitment. Making plans like that, especially if you must work around the schedules of others, takes time. So, you two should begin discussing your summer plans with one another as soon as possible. You may need to plan around each other’s schedules or trade weeks. Getting that sort of thing out of the way early will save you both a lot of time and headaches.
  • Establish Rules – The rules that you and your co-parent came up with for your children to follow during the school year may need to be adjusted for summertime. If your kids are old enough, this can include rules regarding curfews and where they are allowed to go alone or when they are with friends.
  • Be Flexible – Even if you and your co-parent go into summer with a rock-solid schedule, things happen. Something unexpected almost always comes up, so as much as you can, try to be understanding and flexible with your schedule. It can go a long way toward strengthening your relationship with your co-parent, and it makes them more likely to be flexible and understanding when you have something unexpected come up.
  • Share Costs – Summers can get expensive. Your children may have outgrown last year’s summer clothes. They may want to go to overnight camps and play youth sports. Depending on the financial arrangements you and your ex have made regarding child support, you two may want to find a way to divide your kids’ summer expenses, so they are more affordable for you both.
  • Let the Kids Help – You and your ex-spouse should begin discussing your summer plans with your kids early. Ask them what they would like to do over the summer and find a way to incorporate their desired plans into your schedule if possible. It’s their summer too. They should have a say in how they spend it.

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Parenting is hard enough when you and your co-parent are on the same page. When you and your ex-spouse disagree about how to raise your children, co-parenting can quickly become a nightmare. This can lead to a messy custody battle. That’s something no parent should want, because no matter how great of a parent you think you are, the court may not see it that way. The court doesn’t care about your best intentions, it cares about what you’ve provided as a parent, what you will provide going forward as a parent, and what’s best for your kids.

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