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Co-Parenting Tips for Summer Vacation

Oak Park parental responsibility attorneyFor divorced parents, sharing parental responsibilities during the summer months is often tricky, despite the relaxed, school-free schedule. Summer is a prime time for vacations, transitions, and being with family. However, the short time period for summer vacation often makes it harder for parents and children to get into a regular routine. Just as soon as you seem to get a good rhythm going, school is back in session, and a new routine must begin. Although they are necessary, changes in routine can often be difficult for kids and parents alike. These tips can help you lessen the anxiety for yourself and your children during the summer:

Avoid Doing Too Much

Although kids seem to have a never-ending supply of energy, they do look forward to the relaxed days of summer. Many parents seek to keep the kids entertained with camps, trips, and other exciting activities. What children do not often tell you is that they are just as happy sitting on the sofa with the family. Enjoy the slow moments while you have them; school will be back in session before you know it.

Communicate Directly with the Other Parent

It is easier than ever in today’s society to keep in contact with people, even if you would prefer to avoid them. It is essential to maintain a steady line of communication with the other parent. If a text or phone call is too stressful, send an email outlining your ideas for the summer months. Avoid using your children as messengers for this information. There is always the chance for miscommunication with that tactic, plus it puts your children in an awkward position. 

Change the Arrangements

If you and your ex cannot agree on how to share summer parenting responsibilities, or if conflicts arise as you attempt to divide children’s time fairly between both parents, it may be helpful to contact a Hillside, IL family law attorney. When the current arrangement results in too many arguments, the arrangement may not be the right fit for your situation, and complications can arise when an existing court order is no longer relevant. The Law Office of Vincent C. Machroli, P.C. will dedicate its resources to helping you achieve a solution that works, either by modifying your divorce decree or enforcing the existing court orders. We can help get your case heard and work to obtain the results your family needs. Call us today at 708-449-7400 for a free, personalized consultation.

Sources:

http://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools/family-life/structure-routines

http://www.jamiescrimgeour.com/the-poptart-diaries/tips-for-co-parenting-during-the-summer-holidays

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