How to Have a Great Summer
Summer is a time for enjoying the sun and spending time with family. For co-parents, summer can be a challenge. How do you make sure that your child has a great summer while still respecting your custody agreement with the other parent? Follow these tips not just to survive the summer but to thrive throughout it!
Communicate Early and Often
Summer co-parenting can be difficult, but communication is key to making it work. When discussing plans with your co-parent, be sure to be clear with your message and to keep things concise. This can help both of you avoid misunderstanding each other, which can lead to frustration.
In addition, be sure to communicate your ideal summer activities and vacation plans to ensure you and your co-parent are on the same page when it comes to these important decisions. Failing to convey these plans early can lead to future conflict that could have been easily avoided.
Don't Let Frustration Boil Over
One of the most important things you can do during summer co-parenting is to not let your frustration boil over in front of your children. Just like during the school year, summer can be a trying time for divorced or separated parents. But it's so important to remember that your children are watching you and taking their cue from your behavior. If they see you getting frustrated, it will only make them more anxious and stressed. Remember: When the weather gets warm, keep your cool.
Be Flexible with Your Plans
One of the most important things to remember is to be flexible with your plans. This is especially true if you have kids who are involved in summer activities like camp or sports. You may need to adjust your schedule on short notice and communicate any changes with your co-parent as soon as possible. While changes may be frustrating, an openness to change is important.
Need Assistance with a Custody Issue?
Summer co-parenting can be difficult, but there are ways to make it work. If you're having trouble communicating with your ex or coming to an agreement on custody arrangements, you may need to seek legal assistance. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the process and ensure that your rights are protected. At TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP, we will work to protect your rights as a parent and to secure the best possible outcome for you and your children.