A divorce can be a challenging time for children. It is a time of tremendous stress and tension. Add in a new school year, and things can be even more difficult.
Parents who have joint custody can do several things to make the transition easier. Both parents should get involved in every aspect of their children’s lives. It will help ease the stress that their children feel.
Start planning early, before the school year begins
Research has shown that participating in extracurricular activities can help students relieve stress. It is vital for your children to take part in sports and other activities. Planning early ensures this happens.
Discuss matters with your former spouse at least a month before the new school year begins. Make sure you both understand the activities your children want to take part in. Come to a decision before these activities begin.
Review or update your parenting plan
Make sure you have specific details in your plan, including when the school year begins and when it ends. Also, include all new events, such as involvement in a sports team or other extracurricular activities.
Discuss finances as well
It is also important to discuss finances. Follow the dictates of your parenting plan when it comes to paying for activities. Provide receipts and other types of documentation when asking for reimbursement.
Once you have discussed all the details and updated your plan, let your school know. Updating your school on your decisions will clear up confusion and settle issues before they begin.