Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOTV) - I cannot believe it is August already and parents are getting ready for their kids to go back to school. If you are a recently divorced mom, your kids may be starting in a new school. Here are some tips on helping your kids make that transition easier.
Go to orientation. If there is any way you and your ex can come together in harmony for your kids, ask him to come along. If not, suggest that he attend separately. Your kids will know that you both care about where they spend their days, and that you are both invested in their happiness and well-being.
Ask your ex if he would participate in the pre-school shopping. You may want to take your kids clothes shopping, but he can surely help them pick up school supplies. Again, it will send a message to your kids that although you are no longer together as a family, you are working together in helping them succeed.
If you have a son, ask dad to look into sports, clubs and activities that your son would enjoy. Have him talk to his son about participating in these activities, and the possibility of volunteering to help coach. Don't forget to give your ex the parameters. This will help the two of you work together in transporting kids to and from practices and events.
Buy each of your kids a calendar for their room. Sit down with them and fill in all of the times that they will be visiting their dad, including holidays. This will help give your kids with stability. This will also help kids with the security of knowing ahead of time, when they will see their dad and when they will be with you. It is helpful if you label visits to dad as going to their 'other home' rather then 'visiting dad' or 'going to dad's home'. Having two homes assists in making younger kids feel they belong in both locations.
Lastly, take a deep breath and enjoy these last few weeks before school starts.
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