How can I make a parenting schedule?

If you’ve recently gone through a divorce in Michigan, you probably have a lot on your plate. Making a solid and reasonable parenting schedule with your ex is just one hurdle, and it may be difficult for you to create a plan that works for everyone. Very Well Family offers the following tips in this case, which will allow you and your ex to put the needs of your children first.

Get your kids input

Sit down with your kids and get their perspective. You may be surprised by their insight, especially when it comes to making compromises or finding solutions to scheduling snafus. Of course, if your kids are young it might not make sense to take their suggestions. Just involving them in the decision-making process will make them feel less afraid of the future and major life changes.

Don’t use the schedule out of spite

If your divorce was particularly contentious, you may be tempted to use the process to spite your ex or to make his or her life harder. This is a huge mistake, as it will only make scheduling that much more difficult. It can also negatively impact your children, which can have a lasting effect. Try to keep the best interests of your children at the center of all you do, even if that means you must compromise from time to time.

Be willing to update the schedule

Also, don’t assume your schedule is set in stone. You’ll likely need to revisit your schedule as your kids grow older, especially as they make the transition from grade school to high school. Check in every year or so to make sure the schedule still meets everyone’s needs. When changes must be made, sit down with your ex and discuss what you can do to ensure your kids are still well cared for.

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