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Separation and Your Child’s School

In Child Custody by Elizabeth Stephenson

A separation is not only hard for you, but it represents a significant event in the life and development of your children. This is not lost on family courts or on child development experts, who recommend parents create as safe, stable, and amicable a situation for their children as possible. With this in mind, it is critical to address how to create normalcy for your children when it comes to the place they spend the majority of their week—their school. Communicate With Your Child’s School One of the tough aspects of a separation or divorce is that you have no control over the rumor mill. It is not much different for children in school, as they deal with other children who spread information or rumors about each other. When it …

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Transitioning the Kids Back to School

In Child Custody by Elizabeth Stephenson

The end of the Summer is a bittersweet time for parents. On some level, you’re ready to resume the consistency and structure of the school year; while simultaneously feeling like your time with the kids is about to become much more limited. Children experience similar internal conflicts, where they are nervous about new teachers and sad about the lack of freedom, while also excited to see their friends again. Fortunately, your children have you to help guide them into the new school year. With a thoughtful approach, you can definitely put them in a position to hit the ground running toward a productive school year. Transition your children’s internal clocks back to school hours. Children tend to stay up later and wake up later during the summer. Start enforcing an …

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Readjusting Your Children to School After the Summer

In Lifestyle, Parenting by Sarah Hink

The summer is an amazing time to be a child. For those on a traditional school calendar, it means no school and no homework. For some kids, summer may mean summer camps. These provide some structure for them, but also heavily revolve around having fun and going on field trips. For other kids, it means staying at home and finding ways to remain entertained. Whatever the case, there is a tremendous change in store for children when school resumes. Consider the following ideas when helping their transition. Re-accustom the children to your house and to your rules. For many children with separated parents, summer represents a time of extended visitation with their non-custodial parent. This means different physical surroundings, different people, and often-jarring differences in parenting styles and discipline. It …