The days when your child goes from your house to the other parent’s home or vice versa can be emotionally difficult for the child. Many times, they are sad about leaving one parent but glad to get to spend time with the other one.
For some children, the problem that occurs on transition days is that they worry about their parents arguing. The adults can quell this fear by ensuring the transition days are peaceful and calm. As time progresses, they will see that these days aren’t going to be stressful, so they can relax some.
Try to avoid packing for every transition day
While some things, such as school books or medication, will have to be brought back and forth between homes, you should try to reduce the amount of stuff the kids have to pack to go from house to house. Each parent should have clothing and personal items for the child so they don’t have to worry about packing those items. This reduces not only reduces the children’s stress but also helps to make each house feel like a home to them.
When you split up with your child’s other parent, there are a few things that you need to do to help make the situation easier. Setting the terms of the parenting plan quickly can help the children to feel more stable because they’ll know what to expect. This can also help the adults because it sets the standards for what will happen. Working with someone who can help you to come up with terms that are in the best interests of the children is critical.