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Making the return to school easier for children of divorce

Students in the Plano, Texas area will soon be starting a new school year. The transition from what is often a lax summer schedule back to a more regimented school schedule can take some time to get used to. That transition can be even more difficult for children of divorced parents, particularly if child custody matters were only recently worked through. To make things go as smoothly as possible, in this post we will provide some tips that may be used to make this time of year easier for all involved.

The demise of a relationship is rarely easy. That said, when possible, the transition back to school may be easier for children to handle when the parents present a united front. This means that both parents should maintain the same or very similar set of rules regarding schedules and acceptable behaviors. The routine will likely be beneficial to all. Likewise, being consistent with the child custody schedule is also a good idea.

Letting your children’s counselors and children know about the new situation is also advisable. They will be able to keep an eye on the children and let you know if they are exhibiting any behaviors that you should be aware of.

There are certain technologies that may be used to assist with the transition as well. Creating and sharing an online calendar that contains important dates for the children, such as when a homework assignment is due or when an activity is scheduled, is an easy way to make sure both parents are on the same page. Technology may also be beneficial in creating a system for sharing and tracking expenses pertaining to the children.

There is no question that the new school year will bring a host of changes to the lives of the children as well as the parents. Trying to be proactive could make that transition smoother than it might otherwise be.

Source: The Huffington Post, “5 Back to School Strategies for Divorced or Divorcing Parents,” Cheryl and Joe Dillon, Aug. 11, 2014

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