How To Co-Parent Effectively This Summer

How To Co-Parent Effectively This Summer

Co-parenting is rarely easy, especially during the summertime. Between planning for summer break, scheduling beach days, booking family vacations, and finding time for other scheduled events, dealing with your summer schedule can be overwhelming. If you share parenting responsibilities with your ex, juggling each of your schedules to work out your plan for the summer might be especially challenging.

To avoid any unnecessary arguments this year, try following these essential tips for effective co-parenting over the summer:

1. Make a New Summer Schedule

Attempting to continue with your existing parenting plan might not be the best option for you this summer. Instead of trying to make your current arrangement work, try working out a new, temporary parenting plan that you and your ex can put into effect over the summer. Factor in vacation plans, special events, daily childcare options, extracurricular activities, and anything else that could affect your regular plans. You might choose to meet and discuss your new schedule in person, or more contentious parents might opt for something less interactive, like email or a shared calendar app.

2. Be Flexible

It might be difficult to be understanding and flexible when your ex doesn’t cooperate with your plans, but do what you can to view the issue from their perspective. You both love your children and want what is best for them, so try to keep that common goal in mind and do what you can to allow for necessary changes when things come up. Standing your ground is all well and good, but there is a time and a place. If the two of you disagree about certain vacations, weekend plans, or summer camp arrangements, try to focus on finding a fair compromise rather than arguing your point.

3. Communicate Whenever Possible

Sometimes plans change, and you should be able to communicate those upcoming adjustments with your co-parent. If something comes up and it in any way affects your children or your parenting plan, make sure you tell your co-parent about it as soon as possible. Whether you’re dealing with changes to vacation plans, pick-up delays, or a daycare issue, make sure you keep your ex in the loop.

4. Let Your Kids Have a Say

Remember, summer is an exciting time for your children, so make sure their voices are heard. It’s easy to get caught up in the competition for time with your ex, but remember to put your issues aside for the sake of your children. If they want to take swim lessons, join a summer camp, or go to a friend’s birthday party, try to fit some of their wishes into your parenting schedule.

Even though co-parenting has its challenges, with the right mentality and an effective plan, it is possible to co-parent effectively over the summer and all year round. However, if you and your ex continue to have trouble working through your disagreements, our firm can help you seek a parenting plan modification.

If you need help dealing with a child custody or visitation issue, contact Owenby Law, P.A. for legal assistance.


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