Summer is just around the corner, and for many Floridians it can't come soon enough. However, there are some drawbacks and adjustments that come with summer, especially if you are parent sharing custody of your child.
Summer means no school, and that means kids have more freedom and fewer scheduling restrictions. It also means that parenting plans can look much different in the summer than they do during the rest of the year. While this can be frustrating and complicated, there are some ways to ease the anxiety of summertime custody.
- Stick to the schedule: Parenting plans should address summer schedules, including holiday custody and planned vacations. Sticking to these schedules can avoid a lot of drama.
- Stay in communication: If something does need to change, however, you can minimize disputes by immediately contacting the other parent and informing him or her of the change.
- Be flexible (within reason): Delays and complications do arise, even in the summertime. If they are minimally inconvenient, then it may be best to try and just roll with it. If they are more serious or persistent, you may need to take action to enforce a parenting plan.
- Address complications before they spiral out of control: Solving problems sooner, rather than later, can prevent them from ballooning into bigger issues.
- Take your role seriously: While summer is a time for relaxing, you need to be sure that you are still fulfilling your duties as a parent, from paying child support on time to making sure your kids are safe.
- Have fun with your kids: In the midst of all this, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that summer should be fun, for you and your kids. Focusing on your child's well-being and making sure he or she is able to enjoy this much-needed break can help ensure you all have a better summer.
These are just a handful of good tips for summer parenting when you share custody. Do you have others that could help other Florida parents in the months ahead?