As the back-to-school season approaches, divorced parents face unique challenges. This time of year can evoke a mix of emotions for both you and your children as the end of the summer often means going back to school.
Here are a few practical steps we share with our clients to help them navigate the going back to school transition and provide the best possible support for them and their children:
- Coordinating school supplies, transportation, and schedules provides unity assures your children that their well-being remains a joint priority.
- Address their concerns and reassure them that their feelings are valued and understood.
- Strive to uphold consistent schedules for activities such as waking up, meals, and bedtime.
- Encourage your children to connect with teachers, counselors, or friends if they struggle. Assure them that seeking support beyond the family is not only okay but also beneficial.
- Emphasize the positives of the school year, like reuniting with friends and exploring new subjects.
- Validate your children’s emotions. Create a safe space to express feelings and actively listen to what they share.
- Consider involving a family therapist to help your children navigate their feelings during this transition.
- Prioritize self-care to manage stress and emotions, enabling you to provide a stable environment.
- Reiterate that the changes aren’t their fault and reassure them that your support remains unwavering.
As you approach the back-to-school season, remember that this period is a part of your divorce and parenting journey. With empathy, patience, and collaborative efforts, you can create an environment that supports your children’s academic and emotional growth, even amidst the challenges of divorce.
Our team at Family Divorce Solutions is a group of well-respected, experienced and trained attorneys, mental health professionals, financial professionals, certified public accountants and child specialists who work as a team using the collaborative divorce process to reach a complete and satisfactory resolution for everyone involved.
Our team can help you and your spouse develop a co-parenting plan for school that keeps your children and your family’s emotional well-being in mind. Contact us today.
Note: This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal/financial/ or mental health advice. You should work with your attorney, financial or mental health professional to determine what will work best for your situation.