It is almost that time of year again: back to school. As Florida parents ready their children for the lessons they will learn this coming year, parents themselves may wish to revisit some important wisdom about making the school year a happy and productive time for everyone.
Regardless of how your child custody agreement is structured, if you and your former spouse are both involved in your child's life, chances are that you struggle with how to make your unique and complex situation work for all involved. The school year can often be more stressful than the summer because everyone's schedules become more complicated. This can lead to tension among former spouses which is then felt by the child.
However, the school year can go smoothly in divided families, provided that a few tips are kept in mind. First, it is important to plan ahead. Clarifying both where the child will be and what possessions need to be transferred at any given point will cut down on frustrating moves between houses.
In addition, it is important that both parents are given access to school schedules, report cards and teacher contact information. Miscommunication can be avoided most consistently if everyone has access to relevant information.
Finally, it is important that children feel safe, secure and supported during the school year. Whether your child excels or struggles academically and socially, having a supportive family environment can make a strong impact on how the school year unfolds. If parents spend their energy bickering rather than planning proactively, children suffer the consequences. Back to school can be an exciting time, provided that everyone gets on the same page.
Source: Family Goes Strong, "Divorce Diaries Goes Back-To-School: Smart Parenting Lessons," Pamela Cytrynbaum, Aug. 12, 2012
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