While you and your co-parent might’ve found a schedule that works in the summer, you’ll soon have to prepare for the new school year. Some parents like adapting to back-to-school co-parenting, while others fear it. However, taking the right steps can help make it a bit easier on both you and your kids…
Set up a routine
Routines are a very important part of back-to-school co-parenting. One of the toughest things parents can face is getting their kids to sleep and wake up on time. Plus, you also have to find time for homework or studying too. If you and your co-parent don’t have a similar routine, then your kids will struggle to adapt to either of them.
Therefore, try to talk about setting up a consistent routine between the both of you. Even if you struggle on the finer details, at least come to an agreement on when they should wake up, go to bed, and do homework. While your kids might protest at first, they’ll soon appreciate the consistency.
Encourage your kids socially
Often times, kids of divorced parents struggle socially when going back to school. They find it a bit tougher to be open, express themselves, and form good bonds with other students. As a result, another part of back-to-school co-parenting is trying to encourage your kids to be involved with the school.
Try to help them find any school clubs, sports, or events that they might be interested in. These are great places for them to meet other kids like them and form friendships. Getting them active socially can really help them begin to come out of their shell and feel a bit “normal” again,
Talk to the teachers
It’s a good idea to include getting familiar with the school as part of your back-to-school co-parenting plan. Often times, your kids might be apprehensive about the school year, especially if it’s a new school. Getting them and yourselves familiar with it can help to alleviate those fears.
Do your best to make it to open houses, parent-teacher conferences, and other similar events. This can not only help you better understand the school, but give you a chance to talk to the teachers and let them know what’s going on. Odds are, they’ll be more than willing to help you and your kids adjust to the school.