The start of a new school year is often one of the most stressful times of the year for children. For children of two-household families, starting a new school year can be even more stressful and complicated. For those in Colorado who co-parent or have a shared parenting child custody arrangement, it takes teamwork to make this transition as easy as possible for the children. Here are a few ways parents can navigate the challenges of co-parenting during back-to-school season.
Email and text messaging have made it much easier for co-parents to keep in touch. However, consistent communication is the key. Weekly communication is recommended so that parents are up to date on the child’s health, academics and other milestones.
Establish a schedule
Establishing a formal schedule can prove invaluable this time of year. A set schedule is very helpful for keeping up with the children’s activities and it can also give kids a much-needed sense of stability. A schedule will help both parents and children stay informed and organized.
Keep the children out of conflicts
Conflict between parents will inevitably arise from time to time. Parents need to work the conflict out amongst themselves and never bring the children into it. If issues cannot be resolved civilly, it may be necessary to seek assistance from an outside source such as a counselor or mediator.
Back-to-school season can be a very stressful time of year for parents and children alike. However, parents should always remember to keep the children as the top priority. For parents in Colorado who have questions about co-parenting or child custody arrangements, a seasoned family law attorney can provide answers and guide parents through challenges.