4 tips for sending your child back to school after a divorce
Parents can benefit from putting in extra effort for the first school year after a divorce
September 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- 4 tips for sending your child back to school after a divorce
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Going back to school after summer vacation is a big transition for any child. However, when a child's parents have recently divorced, the excitement over the potential of a new school year can be easily eclipsed by the anxiety and stress surrounding family conflict, new child custody schedules and all the other issues that accompany a fresh divorce.
Parents can help their children weather this transition by ensuring that kids are able to focus their energy on doing well in school. This means that parents need to do their best to minimize external stressors. If children are concerned with resolving conflicts or organizing logistics, they won't be able to focus as well on their schoolwork.
If you are facing your first back-to-school season after your divorce, consider using the following tips to help your child succeed:
-Meet with the school: Consider scheduling a meeting at the start of the school year with your child's teacher, guidance counselor and any other staff that your child interacts with on a regular basis. Use this as an opportunity to explain your family's situation and any special needs your child is having. This can be especially helpful since children may act out at school when there is stress at home. If the teacher understands what is going on, he or she will be better able to help your child.
-Keep a shared calendar: Kids aren't always great remembering where they need to be on a given evening or when school projects are due. Remembering to tell one parent when they have already told the other is even harder. Maintaining a shared online calendar can reduce stress and ensure both parents have access to important dates and events.
-Keep supplies at both homes: If you're sharing child custody, it is important to make sure that kids will be able to get their school projects done no matter where they are staying. Instead of asking your child to bring things back and forth, make sure that both homes have all the supplies needed to do homework assignments and special projects.
-Plan to share expenses: The back-to-school season comes with a lot of added expenses. It is best to make a plan for these in advance with your ex-spouse. For example, in some families, one parent buys school supplies and the other buys new clothes. It is also a good idea to make an agreement about who will pay for field trips, activity fees and other special expenses.
These are just a few of the tips you can use to help your child have a successful start to the new school year. As with most co-parenting issues, being flexible and focusing on good communication can go a long way toward making your life less stressful.
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