Florida parents who are separated or divorced might find the summer months a particularly nice break from the scheduled world of the school year. This time might give them more opportunities to do special things with their kids and ease the restrictions of tight bedtimes and other requirements. However, when the calendar turns to August, it is time to turn one's attention back to the school routines and finding a way to do this when kids live in two homes means parents must work well together.
Lifehacker recommends that coparents make it a priority to meet with their children's teachers together. This allows both parents to learn what the teachers will need from their kids and from them and also allow them to share important scheduling or other details with the teachers. These meetings may help prevent kids from being the communication middle-people which can be stressful for them.
Coparently adds that separated or divorced parents should try to go to their kids' school activities together. If one or both parents has remarried, including the stepparent in these events may also be a positive experience for the children.
Coparenting requires good communication and that is especially important in avoiding situations where kids try to get their way by asserting the other parents does something in a certain way. By knowing the rules at each home, coparents can ensure the kids are not able to do this and each parent can instill and enforce their own rules. It can be helpful if rules are similar between the two homes.