Many people associate summer with some of their best childhood memories, so it is understandable that you want to make the most of this time with your kids. Luckily, creating a fun and memorable summer break is very achievable in a joint custody arrangement.
Spend a little extra time planning around your days with the kids to come up with arrangements that work well and are healthy for your family.
Planning ahead for sharing time
You can minimize disagreements with your ex by discussing big events such as vacations ahead of time. You will ultimately have to work within the bounds of your official custody schedule, so use that as a baseline when formulating your plans.
Some parents find it useful to make a list of important events such as birthdays, family reunions or any similar activities. You can then prioritize the things that are most important to you and your kids.
Communicating with your co-parent
Co-parenting requires some give and take on both sides. By planning ahead you can negotiate for the things that are most important to you. You will have a better idea of where you can compromise as well.
Remember that even if you are traveling or out doing activities, the line of communication between your child and the other parent should remain open. It is in your best interest to respond if your ex calls, allow your child to speak with them on the phone and keep them updated on what you have going on.
Collaborative co-parenting can still result in a magical summer vacation for you and your children. Be transparent and diplomatic in making your plans and remember to stick to the rules of your custody agreement.