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Tips for Creating a Summer Co-Parenting Schedule

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As a co-parent, setting up a robust and amicable summer schedule can help make things easier for everyone involved. Taking the extra time to make a plan with your co-parent about how you two will share time with your kids during the summer can be well worth it in the long run. However, finding that balance between two households while separating important family milestones can sometimes seem like an impossible task.

In this blog post, we’ll offer some tips about how you can create an effective summer co-parenting schedule that’s satisfying for you, your co-parent, and your kids.

How to Create a Summer Co-Parenting Schedule

With summer just around the corner, now is the time to create or fine tune a co-parenting custody schedule with your ex. The following are tips for creating a summer co-parenting schedule that will work for you and your family:

  • Set up a consistent communication system between both parents to keep updated on the child's schedule. As parents, it's important to have a consistent and reliable communication system in place when it comes to our child's schedule. Whether it's school events, extracurricular activities, or doctor's appointments, staying on top of our child's schedule can be difficult if we're not on the same page. By establishing a routine method of communicating with our co-parent, we can make sure that we're both in the know and can work together to ensure that our child's needs are met. This may mean setting up a shared calendar online, exchanging weekly emails, or simply having a quick phone call at the start of each week. Whatever method works best for you and your co-parent, the key is to make sure that it's consistent and reliable for the long-term.
  • Have an open dialogue with your co-parent about important holidays and special occasions. Holidays and special occasions are some of the most memorable moments we share with our loved ones. As co-parents, it's important to have an open dialogue about these events to ensure that everyone's expectations are met and that the children can cherish the memories for years to come. By having these conversations in advance, you can avoid last-minute conflicts and stress, and keep the focus on creating wonderful experiences for your family. Remember, your co-parenting relationship is vital to your children's well-being, and by working together, you can provide them with a sense of security and stability during these important times. So, take the time to talk to your co-parent about your plans and wishes for holidays and special occasions. It will be worth the effort.
  • Agree on a summer vacation plan. As the warm weather rolls in, it's time to start planning that summer vacation. There's nothing quite like exploring a new destination, soaking up the sun, and creating memories with loved ones. But before you start packing your bags, it's important to agree on a plan, including when you and your children will be going on vacation and whether that conflicts with your co-parent’s vacation plans with the kids. Whether it's a road trip, cruise, or something else, figuring out the logistics of your trips is key to ensuring everyone has a stress-free and enjoyable summer vacation experience. So, let your co-parent in on your summer vacation plans with your kids, so that you can strategize together and ensure that each of you and your children have summer vacations that are smooth sailing from start to finish.
  • Discuss any extracurricular activities or camps your child will be participating in during the summer. As the summer heat approaches, your children may be excited to dive into fun and enriching extracurricular activities. You and/or your co-parent may have signed them up for a variety of programs, including science camp, soccer camp, or art classes. Each one offers a unique learning experience that not only helps your kids build new skills, but also nurtures their passions. Whatever extracurricular activities your children plan to participate in or camps they plan to attend this summer, make sure you and your co-parent have discussed them and that you’re both on the same page with each other and your kids.
  • Consider setting up weekly check-ins between both parents to ensure that all needs are being met. Parenting requires a lot of hard work and communication. It can be tough to keep track of everything, especially when both parents have their own schedules and responsibilities to take care of. That's why setting up weekly check-ins between both parents is a great idea. It allows for open dialogue and ensures that all needs are being met. This could include discussing household tasks, coordinating schedules, managing finances, or discussing any concerns that need to be addressed. By checking in regularly, both parents can stay on the same page and work together to create a healthy and happy family environment.
  • Be aware of any changes in your child's behavior or attitude throughout the summer months and address them promptly with your co-parent. Summer brings with it a sense of freedom and joy, especially for children. However, it is also a time when parents need to be extra vigilant about changes in their child's behavior or attitude. As parents, we all want our children to have a great summer filled with fun and amazing memories. It is crucial, however, that we remain aware of any significant changes that may surface. We need to be attentive and watch out for signs of distress or worry in our kids. It is essential to promptly communicate any concerns with our co-parent, as they may offer insights or help. Remember, as co-parents, your child's happiness and well-being should always be your top priority.

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