You may have never pictured yourself getting divorced and sharing custody of your children with your former spouse. But this is a reality for many couples attempting to coparent their children.
According to the American Psychological Association, between 40 and 50% of couples in the U.S. eventually get divorced. As the new school year approaches, these tips can help you and your coparent ease into a routine that benefits your children.
1. Share all information
The school your children attend may send a variety of information to you before the new schoolyear begins. If you receive new information that your coparent does not, make sure you share it as soon as possible.
2. Develop a schedule for both households
The start of the school year can inspire new routines for homework, bedtimes, etc. If you share child custody, talk to your coparent about adapting similar schedules at both households so your children know what to expect.
3. Use technology to your advantage
School schedules can get busy, especially if your children participate in multiple extracurricular activities. You may want to create a calendar you and your former spouse can both see and edit to make sure your children always get where they need to go on time.
It may take some time to adjust to coparenting with your ex, especially at the start of the new school year. Commit to working collaboratively with your former spouse to coparent your school-age children to help them thrive inside and outside of school.