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Now is the time to create a co-parenting summer schedule

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2024 | Family Law |

Longer days and warmer weather mean springtime in Connecticut. Soon, children will be on summer break.

This is a great time to create lasting memories; however, without careful planning, co-parents may experience conflicts.

Cooperation and flexibility

In a couple of months, school will be out for the summer. Creating a summertime co-parenting plan in advance can help prevent scheduling conflicts and better ensure both parents have an opportunity to spend valuable time with their children. It can also allow for smoother coordination of travel plans, camps and other activities that may require bookings or registrations well in advance.

Creating a summer schedule with your ex shows your children that their parents are committed to cooperating, an essential component of co-parenting. Here are some tips for discussing summer plans:

  • Remember that the focus is on creating your children’s best possible summer experience.
  • Make sure to include your children’s wishes in the planning process, such as a particular camp they want to attend or a fun place they want to visit. Incorporating their input makes them feel valued and respected.
  • Discuss each parent’s availability, including work commitments, vacations and other obligations.
  • Take note of special occasions, like birthdays or family reunions, that fall during the summer.
  • Build some flexibility into your schedule to accommodate unexpected changes or opportunities. After all, summer is often a time for impromptu sleepovers and pool parties.
  • Once you’ve agreed on a summer schedule, put it in writing. It can be as simple as a shared digital calendar or a co-parenting app. This can help prevent misunderstandings and provide a reference point for both parents.

Summer is a magical time for kids. It is, therefore, ideal if parents can embrace this opportunity to create meaningful experiences and strengthen their relationships by planning ahead for a summer filled with happiness and adventure.

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