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Getting a head start on your summer co-parenting schedule

| March 15, 2023 

Co-parenting during the summer can be challenging for separated or divorced parents in Washington. With kids out of school and summer activities in full swing, it’s essential to start planning your co-parenting schedule early.

Benefits of planning ahead

Planning for summer co-parenting can help reduce stress and conflict between parents. By discussing your plans early, you can avoid last-minute changes and ensure that both parents are on the same page. Planning can also help ensure that your child has an enjoyable summer, with plenty of time spent with both parents.

Tips for creating a successful summer co-parenting schedule

Don’t wait until the last minute to start planning your summer co-parenting schedule. Begin discussing your plans with your co-parent as early as possible, so you have plenty of time to work out any issues.

When planning your co-parenting schedule, it’s important to consider your child’s needs and preferences. Consider any summer activities or camps your child may want to participate in, family vacations or other events.

While it’s important to have a plan in place, it’s also important to be flexible in your child custody arrangement. Unexpected events can arise, and plans may need to be adjusted. Be willing to work with your co-parent to find a solution that works for everyone.

Effective communication is key to successful co-parenting. Keep the lines of communication open with your co-parent, and be willing to listen to their perspective. Try to work together to find solutions that benefit everyone involved.

Finally, co-parenting apps are a useful tool to consider for planning and coordinating schedules. These apps allow both parents to access and update the schedule in real-time, making it easy to coordinate plans and make changes as needed.

It’s never too early to arrange your summer co-parenting schedule

Planning your summer co-parenting schedule early can help ensure a fun and enjoyable summer for your child while reducing stress and conflict between co-parents. By considering your child’s needs, being flexible, communicating effectively, and using helpful tools, you can create a successful summer co-parenting plan that works for everyone involved.

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