Most kids who have divorced parents will have to split their time between two homes. Both you and your children may find this time sharing to be stressful. Finding ways that you can reduce that stress is critical if you’re in this position.
Fortunately, there are several things that you can do that will make the situation a bit easier to deal with for the children. One of the most important things to remember is that you and your ex should work as a team to ensure the children have what they need.
Minimize items to transport
The less the kids have to pack to go from one house to the other, the easier the transition will be for them. Some items, such as toiletries and even clothing, can be kept at each parent’s home. Your kids should focus on bringing things that aren’t easily duplicated, such as school books, extracurricular activity equipment, medications, and similar items. Of course, your child may want to carry more sentimental items back and forth with them.
Set the rules early
You might feel the need to overindulge your children and let them get away with things you usually wouldn’t, but this sets a bad precedent. Children thrive on consistency. Be sure that you set the rules early and stick to them, so they know exactly what to expect.
Having a solid parenting plan can help you, and your co-parent stay on track with raising the children in a mutually beneficial way. Your attorney can help ensure that you include everything necessary in your parenting to ensure things run smoothly in the future.