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5 Back to School Tips for Divorced Parents

August 15th, 2017 by Marta J. Papa

The stress parents feel when school rolls around is often amplified when those parents are divorced. Who’s filling out the school forms? Who’s in charge of the big back to school Target run? Who’s in charge of the calendar? It’s enough to keep you up at night. We’ve compiled a list of the 5 best things to do to make the back-to-school transition easier.

  1. Set up a shared Google Calendar
    • Creating a family calendar that you and your ex can both access makes it easy to keep track of school related activities and events. You won’t have to call or text your ex to remind them of the big day or the upcoming parent/teacher conferences.
  2. Split the supply cost
    • We all know back to school comes with a hefty price tag. Lessen the burden by going through the supply list with your ex and divvying up purchasing responsibilities.
  3. Tackle the first day of school as a team
    • This may be difficult for some, but by dropping the kids off for school together, you can show your kids you’re still a team. You can put your differences aside and put them first. The first day of school can be scary, but having both mom and dad there can give kids confidence and set the tone for a successful first school day.
  4. Attend parent-teacher conferences as a team
    • The same concept applies here, plus you’ll both get the same information direct from your child’s teachers and be able to move forward with your co-parenting in a successful way. Communication is key!
  5. Go team!! Now is a great time to put your differences aside and tackle the school year head-on as co-parents. You can do this!