The back-to-school season is a stressful time for parents and their children. It can be even more complex for separated or divorced parents. However, this time can be less complicated if these parents put their differences aside for their children’s first day of school. Furthermore, they can ensure that they make the best of their children’s school year by continually putting their differences aside, at least, when it comes to the kids’ education. Having said this, the following are co-parenting tips you should use to ensure you and your kids have the best back-to-school season possible:
Coordinate For Events Like Parent-Teacher Conferences
Private schools have the best education, equipment, etc. And with most of them having fewer students than other schools, parents may feel like they are more effective at communicating with parents. There are fewer than 300 students in 87% of private schools, but there is so much they can do when it comes to communicating with parents.
Having said this, parents that are no longer together must work out a solution to how they will attend parent-teacher conferences, and other events, such as school breaks, the child becoming ill, and more.
Both parents must coordinate with each other to discuss the kids’ school year schedule. That way, they can plan accordingly. They should have a calendar that’s synced with each other’s mobile phones and other things, like their physical calendar.
And even though you will come together and have everything clarified with the schedule, it is still important to remind each other a few days before of upcoming school events. You two should also discuss this scheduling for upcoming events with your children. That way, everyone will be on track on what to expect, and they also can remind their parents, just in case.
Children’s schedules can quickly get complicated with the various extracurricular activities, school events, games, doctors’ appointments, and more. So, using a shared calendar for both parents and children will go a long way.
When it is possible, it is best for both parents to attend parent-teacher conferences together. The parents will obtain the same information from teachers, and there are no surprises on either parent’s end.
Of course, there are times when unforeseen things happen, like a child becoming sick, school closing due to bizarre weather conditions, etc. So, it will behoove both parents to discuss what they can do if this happens. Working together is key to making sure the best for your children.
School Must Remain Informed
No matter how uncomfortable it is, you must inform your children’s schools about the situation and both parents’ contact information. They have to know this, so they can reach one of you accordingly if something unexpected, like a child getting sick, occurs. You should also inform the schools of the best way of communication for both parents.
Make Sure You’re on the Same Page for Academic Expectations
It’s already uncomfortable that your child’s private school knows about your separation. However, this unfortunate situation doesn’t have to negatively impact your child’s academic performance. Not to mention, if it does, it will be more embarrassing and more if your child’s grades start slipping. The average private school SAT school is about 1235 nationwide, which is higher than the average of all schools nationwide, which is 1060.
So, parents must agree that their kids’ education and academic performance should be a top priority. Then, follow through on the commitment of co-parenting for the success of their children.
Ensuring the Child Has What is Needed at Both Homes
It can be challenging for kids if they don’t have what’s needed at both homes. This could be their homework, supplies, their health, etc. So, parents must coordinate with each other to ensure their children have what is needed at both homes or have duplicates where appropriate.
Work Together on Expenses
With 54% of Americans who are insured sometimes or always confused about medical bills, you must communicate when it comes to expenses. This includes the costs of clothing, back-to-school supplies, and more.
It’s hard enough with the transition that comes with parents separating. So, you must put your differences aside to work together for the kids’ sake.