Summer vacation is an exciting time for children, but it can also present unique challenges for co-parents. Not only do you have to figure out how to work out the vacation schedules, but you also need to figure out how to work out the normal daily schedule for the children.
There are several ways that you and your co-parent can make the summer a bit easier. Consider these tips:
You and your co-parent need to use proper communication so you can work through the ins and outs of the summer. This includes discussing schedules, special days and other things the children may want to do. If you’re utilizing shared household rules, talk about what rules will apply during the summer. Remember to remain calm while you’re communicating with your ex.
Making vacation plans is best done in advance. In many cases, a trip will trump the normal parenting time schedule. One thing to remember as you set plans is that you need to have an ample time cushion when making travel plans. The last thing you need is to have to rush to try to make it to the airport because you picked up the children without any time to spare.
Your children will be excited about what they get to do over the summer months. Encourage them to share with you and their other parent. Take pictures and make communication between your child and your ex simple.
Your parenting plan should include terms for what will happen when school is out. Reviewing this can help you to learn about what you may need to do this summer. You and your ex should discuss the plan with an understanding that you need to do what’s best for the children.