Divorced Parents Should Make Summer Camp Decisions Now
As summer approaches, parents begin the arduous task of planning for childcare. The options are limitless: YMCA, daycare, sports camp, robot camp, etc. This task is made more challenging when we must balance the needs of two households, two schedules and blended families.
Communication and planning can ease the stress. The first step to a stress-free summer is reviewing the Court order outlining each parent’s time with the children, whether it be alternating weeks or one-half the summer.
Start by speaking with the other parent to discuss their plans for the summer. Creating a calendar for vacations and events is essential. With this information in mind, find an activity, camp or child care that fits within the schedule. It is best to choose a few options as many activities will not fit within the timesharing schedule in place. Local newspapers, Jax4kids, and other blogs provide lists and options for camps and activities, but you want to decide early because the best programs fill up fast.
Once each parent has settled on a few options, compare each parent’s list and make the final selection(s). Remember to keep in mind the age and interest of each child, the logistics of transporting to and from the activity, and the cost. Being flexible with the timesharing, swapping days or extending exchange times will allow the children to receive the most benefit from the activities.
If you are unable to come to agreement, consider working with a mediator to help work through the process. As an objective third party trained in negotiation, a mediator can help resolve family disputes without the need for costly and time-consuming litigation.
For more information, contact Jacksonville Family Mediation at 904.866.0268.