Effective co-parenting after a divorce is one of the keys to helping your children ease through a difficult transition, and that is especially true when it comes to handling school issues.
A new school year after a divorce can be a challenging time for both you and your children, but there are some strategies you can implement that can help make this time less intimidating, and provide your children with the reassurance they need.
Talk To School Teachers and Staff After A Divorce
Teachers often convey that they are not informed when a significant change occurs in the lives of their students, which as a result, could affect academic performance.
In fact, studies have found that first through third grade students whose parents divorced had lower math scores and poorer interpersonal skills than those whose parents stayed married.
Communicating with your children’s teachers and the principal at their school can help these individuals better understand the changes that could affect academic performance. Informed teachers are also much more likely to contact you and your former spouse when they see warning signs of your children struggling in a subject, or in social situations with the other students.
Make Sure At Least One Parent Attends Every School Event
It is important that you and your former spouse determine that at least one of you will attend every school event that involves your children. This could include sporting events, school plays, music recitals and parent-teacher conferences.
With busy schedules, it may be impossible for both of you to attend every event, but if one of you is there for each event, it can go a long way toward providing the reassurance and love your children need during this transitional period in their lives.
Set A Homework Schedule
One of the difficulties that divorced parents experience is that too often, one parent isn’t provided with information about how the other parent handles homework and school assignments. This can create confusion and even result in your children not handing in important assignments.
Regardless of whether you have your child during the school week or not, setting a homework schedule assures that you and your former spouse always know what amount of time your children should be spending on homework. You will need to obtain class assignments, test schedules and project schedules in order to create an effective homework schedule. Keeping communication open with the other parent about these issues will work to your child’s best interest, in and out of the classroom.
Helping You Through a Divorce
Although these tips can help you and your former spouse navigate through the challenges of your children’s school year after the divorce, reaching amicable solutions for all major issues in a divorce can sometimes be difficult.
In these instances, hiring an experienced family law firm can help protect your rights and the rights of your children. Please call the office of Eric C. Cheshire, P.A. today at 561-655-8844 for a consultation.