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What Say Do You Have Regarding Your Child’s Education?

In Child Custody, Parenting by Sarah Hink

Your children’s education provides critical academic knowledge and socialization that really lays a foundation for their future success. As a parent, you take your child’s education very seriously, knowing that it is both an investment and an opportunity. Further, you understand that you have to advocate for your child and to help your child find the motivation to achieve academic success. When parents separate, the issue of education can be a very delicate one. First, parents often fight over who can have physical custody of the child, so the geographic location of the child’s school is a big deal. In addition, if your child has been in a school for a long time, then there is the factor of normalcy for the child and allowing them to stay at a …

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The “Summer Slide” and Proactive Parenting

In Parenting by Elizabeth Stephenson

The summer with your children can feature a combination of fun events interspersed between long bouts of monotony. Even if you have a daily routine and activities, or if the children are in summer camps, there are still hours of the day when they sit around watching television, playing videogames, or disappearing into their Instagram and social media personas. Simply put, during the summer, children’s minds miss out on the seven hours of school and the level of social interaction they have during the school year. The academic deterioration of what they learned throughout the year is sometimes referred to as the “summer slide”. In fact, research has shown that children’s math and reading skills are particularly hard hit during the summer months. Limiting the Summer Slide As parents, we …

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Resuming Your Education After Divorce

In Lifestyle, Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

Many of us have dreams for our futures. This usually involves some combination of achievement in education or career, marriage, and starting a family. Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to have it all. In fact, getting married and having children create many tough decisions for both spouses. One common casualty of having a marriage and children is a spouse’s education and career. We see this a lot, and for a wide variety of reasons, including: An education is expensive. Although an education is an investment in your future, tuitions can be unaffordable for many people. Paying for college tuition or trade school, or assuming a big student loan simply isn’t an option for some people. Or if a person gets married or has children while receiving their higher education, the couple’s …

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Considering Your Child’s Education

In Child Custody, Parenting by Sarah Hink

When parents separate or divorce, children simultaneously have to process the grief of their family unit splitting and the anxiety of what is going to happen to their day-to-day lives. It has a real and lasting impact on their emotional development. Divorce can be incredibly disruptive to children, who want to keep living in their home, going to their school, engaging in their extra-curricular activities, and seeing their friends. Unfortunately, it sometimes does not work out the way the children would wish. In fact, one of the battles that often brews in contested custody battles concerns the children’s education. Where children go to school is generally determined by where they live. This makes sense from a practical point of view, as children need to get ready in the morning and …