Children are naturally anxious and a bit nervous when they have to go back to school in the fall. They have new classes, teachers, classmates, and more. However, these feelings of anxiety can rise to another level when parents have gotten divorced over the summer and children are starting the school year with a brand new living situation, as well.
To make this easier on your kids, start by coordinating with your ex when it comes to shopping and planning. Even if the two of you don’t get along, put those feelings aside and work together to ensure that your children have what they need.
It’s also a good idea to sit down with your children’s teachers. Explain the situation and any new challenges that it brings up. At the very least, give the teachers a heads-up so they can understand more about your child’s attitude and actions.
Try to communicate with your ex all year long. Set up a schedule, stick to it, and be quick to talk to him or her when you need to make changes. If you don’t want to talk in person, use the phone, email, or social media. If nothing else, exchange text messages to relay important information. When kids feel insecure or when they need things, they turn to their parents. You both need to be there for them, even if you’re not married anymore, and that means communicating with one another.
Finally, be sure you consider school when creating a child custody plan. Think about where it is most convenient for the child to live, how the custody schedule impacts your responsibilities, and what your legal rights and obligations are in Texas.
Source: Our Family Wizard, “Five New School Year Tips For Divorced Parents,” Aug. 16, 2016