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Help your kids share vacation memories

As the warmer months begin their approach, it is time for parents who share children to start thinking about what is going to happen with vacations this year. While many people will focus on the actual vacation plans, there is something else you need to think about if you aren't with your child's other parent. That is how your children will share their memories with their other parent.

Think about summer plans now to avoid last-minute stress

Even though it seems like you have a long time before the summer, now is the best time to start thinking about the vacation plans you need to make for then. Taking care of at least the tentative plans now gives you time to ensure that you can work things out with your ex. It also gives you a chance to plan for time off work and handle similar points.

Prepare your children for long-distance moves

Children are very adaptable, but they might not deal well with last-minute changes. One area that might be difficult for them to deal with is having to move. For children who have parents in the military, this is a part of regular life. There are several ways that you can help your children cope with the move when it is time for your duty station to change.

Plan for holiday fun with your children

Now that you have your holiday schedule for child custody decided, you need to make plans for when your children are with you. This can be almost as challenging as trying to figure out the schedule. If your kids are old enough, allow them to provide input about what they would like to do to celebrate.

Decision-making must be covered in a parenting plan

Parents who have a child custody agreement have to decide who is going to make which decisions for the children. There are three main areas of concern — education, health care and faith. When you are working out the parenting plan with your ex, you will have to outline who will handle the major decisions.

Long-distance moves during custody cases can be challenging

One of the most difficult things that parents might have to do when they have gone through a divorce is to move out of the area. This brings up the possibility of having one parent who is going to have a long-distance relationship with their children. Whether you are the custodial parent or not, you have to think carefully about the situation.

Discuss holiday plans with your ex right away

The cooler autumn weather means that the holiday season is fast approaching. If you have children but aren't in a relationship now with their other parent, now is the time that you need to look into what will happen during the holiday season. By taking the time to do this now, you can help your children know what to expect for each upcoming holiday.

Help your children deal with the emotions of divorce

The emotions that come with divorce are hard for some adults to manage. They might be even more challenging for children who don't have the experience handling strong emotions. As a parent, it is your job to help your children cope with the repercussions of divorce in the best way possible.

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