The beginning of a new school year may not just be nerve-racking for your child - it can also be nerve-racking for you and your co-parent. Here are some tips to help you adjust:
Talk to your co-parent (whether in person, on the phone, or via email) regarding everyday arrangements that must be accounted for. Having a plan for transportation, extra-curricular activities, tutoring and other school-year needs will guarantee a smoother transition for your child.
Be straightforward about responsibilities toward your child. Remember that exchanging sports equipment and uniforms, ensuring your child has appropriate clothing for school, providing appropriate lunches, purchasing school supplies, etc. should be the responsibility of both parents.
Making sure your child completes their homework and is ready to learn the next day is your responsibility when your child resides at your home. The same goes for your co-parent. Coordinating with your co-parent regarding schoolwork can also help your child succeed in school. Let your co-parent know about important due dates and if your child did not complete something before it is time to switch between homes.
Having contact with your co-parent may not always be comfortable for you. However, actively participating in events important to your child's well-being can help you maintain a strong relationship with your child. If possible, attend school orientations, parent-teacher conferences, sporting events, recitals or any other important events on behalf of your child.