Working Together to Create a Summer Parenting Plan
When working together to establish a parenting plan for your kid’s summer vacation, the most important thing is to collaborate and be flexible. When you resort to fighting, arguing, and creating power struggles, your children will suffer from the aftermath of your inability to cooperate. So, strive to work together, and remember that this is their summer vacation, and it is up to you and your co-parent to make it a good one for the children you share.
Working Together to Let Your Kids Be Kids
For most children, summer vacation means having more time to have more fun! It means sleeping in a little longer, going to bed a little later, and having the time to go on vacations and spend time with family and friends. But for children who are about to embark their first summer season after their parents’ divorce, summer it can be a stressful time. If you have recently separated from your child’s other parent, think about doing what it takes to mitigate your children’s anxiety this summer season, and work to establish a parenting schedule that allows them the time to enjoy the summer months, and just be kids.
Focusing on Your Children
While it is critical to create a parenting plan that works for both parents, it is important to realize that there is no rule book that will work for all concerned. Every family is different, and each family member’s needs will vary widely. So, when working together to create a summer vacation parenting schedule, keep the children’s needs front and center, and focus on their best interests. While young kids will need to be supervised, your older children will need a consistent schedule that considers the time they need to focus on their education, sports, after-school activities, and their social activities with their friends. All these items are important to their development and they must be taken into consideration.
Planning According to the Details
· The location of each parent
· The periods of time each parent will have with the children
· The summer holidays: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, and/or Labor Day
· The child’s education: Tutoring and/or summer school
· Family vacations
· Summer camp
· The children’s healthcare needs
· Funds needed to provide for the child’s needs
Sharing the Plan with Your Child
Once you and your child’s other parent have created a summer vacation plan, then you must share the fundamentals of the plan with the kids. Younger children will not require too many details, but older kids will have thoughts and opinions that may require you to be flexible and consider alternatives.
Summer vacation means having more time for fun, and Colorado offers some great outings for you and your child to enjoy together.
Having Fun Together
· Big Time Fun Center (indoor trampoline park)
Enjoying Denver Parks: Bike Rides and Picnics
Plan your summer vacations with your kids several months in advance and communicate your plans with your child’s other parent. Share the details of your travel itinerary, and make sure that you provide contact information, so the other parent knows exactly where the child is during your vacation. Strive to be kind to and respectful of your co-parent and work together to make sure that the children you share will have a positive experience.
Dealing with the aftermath of a divorce can be confusing and challenging for everyone involved, but it can be especially difficult for children. If you need legal assistance negotiating a parenting schedule with your co-parent this summer, Elissa Bercovitz can help. Elissa Bercovitz has over two decades of experience. Contact her today and schedule a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your family law matter and begin planning a summer vacation that is happy, healthy, and stress free. Call Elissa Bercovitz at 303 803-1678