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Parenting tips for a new school year

As the calendar turns to August, it is only a matter of time before a new school year begins. For some kids, it is a fantastic opportunity to see new friends, experience a new school and enjoy some of the best things about life in a new school. For other kids, it may be the worst of times, since they had so much fun without being in school that having to deal with a daily grind is the last thing they want in their lives.

The same could probably be said about their parents; especially if they are newly divorced or separated. A new school year brings about substantial changes, and it is important they are ready to handle them. With that said, we offer the following tips for embracing a new school year when divorcing. 

Settle on a schedule – Kids should not have to worry about who is going to take them to school and to their activities. Because of this, having an agreement on a parenting schedule is paramount.

Stay in contact – Both parents should be included on communications with the school. This should include information about homework assignments, sport schedules, parent- teacher conferences and other special events. If school information is disseminated by email, both parents should be addressed.

Have your own conferences – If you can’t stand being around your ex during a conference, or your work schedule prevents you from being there at a particular time, there is nothing wrong with having your own conference. After all, you are still a parent, even if you are not the primary custodian.

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