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How can I co-parent during summer vacation?

If you are a divorced parent with minor children still at home, you may not always be so thrilled when summer vacation time rolls around. Not only do you need to figure out how to keep your kids occupied and happy all summer long but you also have to manage this with your former spouse. Sharing time with an ex during summer can be more complicated as schedules tend to be more fluid and less structured, leading to more potential challenges.

Parenting magazing suggests that you actively seek ways to avoid confrontations with your children's other parent. In fact, one good thing to do is to actively listen to your kids tell you about the things they did with their other parent and even compliment that parent's choice of activities. This sends a valuable message to your kids that includes your support of their relationship with the other parent - something that is very important for their emotional well-being.

If your kids are older, you may even let them participate in planning what activities they want to do over the summer, including helping you plan a vacation to some degree. This will give them a sense of ownership and responsibility for making things positive. If some things have been perernnial favorites in summers past, try keeping them on the summer agenda to provide some ongoing stability.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give Texas parents who must share child custody and time with a former spouse manage summer vacations with grace while maintaining fun for the kids.

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