Back To School Tips For Divorced Parents

Back to school means back to routines, and for many families this is a welcome way to end the summer. But for divorced parents, going back to school can mean added stress on the kids as the parents try to sort out who is responsible for the daily carpool and after school pick up from extracurricular activities. In order to make the transition back to the classroom go as smoothly as possible for your children, it is smart to come up with a plan of action and only deviate from it in the case of an emergency. Consistency and knowing what to expect can add to the comfort that comes from falling back into a familiar routine.

Some helpful tips for divorced parents at back to school time include getting on the same page now, rather than waiting for a complication to arise. Working out all the kinks at the beginning of the school year, and even taking the time to plan for holiday breaks can make going back to school easier for kids of divorced parents. Parents should also give the school and any caregivers the same information, so there are no mix ups at pick up or at the parent teacher conference. It is beneficial to the school administration to know who your kids live with, and the nature of your family dynamic. When teachers are in the know about your kids’ home lives they can better handle sticky situations.

When it comes to costs, plan now for who will pay for school supplies and when funds will be deposited on school lunch accounts. Your divorce decree may dictate which parent is responsible for these costs, and you will want to be sure to follow the Court’s order regarding expenses. Most importantly, present a united front for your children. Keep your emotions to yourself at the school play, and show your kids that despite the divorce your kids are still the number one priority in the life of both parents. When children see their parents getting along despite personal differences, valuable life lessons are learned. And what better time to teach your kids something important than at back to school time? With a little hard work, your kids can easily adjust to going back to school and include both parents in their academic achievements.

For more information on how divorced parents can transition back to school with ease, call an experienced family law attorney for answers to your questions. We can be reached online at http://www.moskowitzlaw.com. Call today to schedule an appointment.

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