Even families who have been sharing child custody for some time may experience challenges during summer vacation. The change in routine can be difficult for kids of all ages, even if they are also looking forward to fun activities during their time off.
Parents can try these tips to ease the transition into summer vacation after divorce in Minnesota.
Have an established plan
Ideally, the child custody agreement details when the kids spend time with each parent during summer vacation. If not, coparents should start the conversation about sharing time early, especially if they have travel plans.
Mark each week of summer vacation on a colorful calendar that your kids can see. You can even make one for each house so they always know what to expect in the coming days and weeks.
Most parents continue working even as kids have off from school. If you and your former spouse share this situation, talk about when the children will go to summer camp and how to share the cost. You must also work together to fill in gaps when camps close but schools have not yet opened.
Talk about travel
If you plan to take your kids on a trip, share the details with your coparent as soon as possible. He or she should have the itinerary and the contact information where you plan to stay. Providing this courtesy will likely encourage your former spouse to extend you the same open communication.
When possible, include older kids and teens in the planning process. They should feel some ownership over their schedule for the summer months.