Summer is over, and the kids have headed back to school. It’s likely that life was a little more relaxed during the break, and now you might be wondering the best way to handle a hectic schedule with your co-parent.
Here are some tips for managing sports, homework and extracurricular activities for the upcoming school year and beyond:
1. Prioritize communication
One of the most important elements of co-parenting is thorough communication. Both parents need to be aware of their child’s progress, activities and appointments.
2. Focus on the child
Understandably, there may still be anger and hurt between you and your ex-spouse. However, during school events, you will need to set aside those emotions for your child’s best interest.
3. Be consistent about bedtimes and homework
You and your co-parent must establish a consistent bedtime so your child is well-rested throughout the day. Make sure you are both aware of any homework assignments or projects that may be due.
4. Create a shared calendar
A shared calendar is an easy and practical way to ensure everyone knows what is happening. Parents and children can keep track of school events, extracurricular activities, appointments and parent-teacher conferences. By knowing what is happening throughout the month and year, you can help to reduce scheduling conflicts.
5. Discuss any extra expenses
Everyone knows that raising children isn’t cheap. The expense of sports and school activities can quickly add up. Other unexpected costs may include braces or glasses. Decide ahead of time how extra expenses will be split.
6. Have a schedule, but be flexible
Children need to have a structured environment to thrive. Routines and rules need to be consistent in both households. However, life is full of unexpected events, so it’s essential for both parents to remain flexible if schedule changes need to be made.
While co-parenting is not easy, by staying focused on your child, you and your ex can provide an environment where they feel loved and flourish.