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Divorce does not just affect you and your spouse. It also has a significant impact on your children. What used to be one home now becomes two. They may have to change schools, make new friends, and will rarely spend time with both parents at the same time. Holidays, birthdays, and even soccer games are going to be different. Of course, children can and do adjust. How well they do so is often reliant upon how well their parents get along once the divorce process is complete. This is why all parents should work exceedingly hard at successfully co-parenting during and after their divorce.
Stay Focused on What Is Important
It is easy to get caught up in the swirling emotions of divorce. Your anger, bitterness, or sadness may cause you to fight for things that might not otherwise matter. Alternatively, you may give up things that are important, just to get the process completed. Neither will serve you or your child in divorce. You deserve time with your child, as does your spouse. The little things you are arguing over may not matter in a few years. So, rather than argue over the details, try to keep your focus centered on your child. Know when the fight is worth the effort, and when it is better to just let go.
While the weather shows little sign of changing anytime soon, summer vacation is drawing to a close for children throughout the United States, as well as here in Northern Illinois. In a few short weeks, school will be back in session, and long days of leisure will be a fading memory. Back-to-school time can be stressful and chaotic for any family, but is often even more challenging for families who have been fractured by divorce. If you are a divorced parent, there are a few things you can do to help make the transitional period easier for yourself and your children.
Communicate and Discuss Schedules
Regardless of your relationship with the other parent, it is important for you to be able to exchange pertinent information about your child’s education. Depending upon the parental responsibilities you have been allocated, you may or may not have the authority to make decisions about your child’s schooling, but you should still be prepared to help and offer support whenever possible. Work together with the other parent in deciding how you may attend orientations, open houses, parent-teacher conferences, and other school events. If you can put your differences aside and attend together, do so. If being in the same room is too difficult, plan to go at different times. Your child will benefit from having both parents fully invested in the educational process.