For newly divorced parents, as well as those who are separated from their soon-to-be ex-spouses, the first week of summer vacation can be a stressful experience. It is a time to establish new routines and schedules, and it will be much different this summer because the family is different.
Indeed, it is difficult for parents during this time, but it should not be lost that children could be laboring under the stress of a divorce just like their parents. Add in the additional uncertainty of an upcoming new school year (even though it is a couple months away), and kids could be under significant amounts of stress.
While your romantic relationship with your spouse may be over, you should remember that you are still a parent. With that, your child’s well-being should be paramount. This post will identify a few ways to support your kids .
Exercise is key – Indeed, the summer months are notorious for generating bad habits with electronic devices and video games. So kids may feel better by getting outside and playing. Exercise can relieve stress.
Be empathetic – Active listening is a very important attribute. Kids must have an outlet to express their concerns and fears. While they may not be actively looking for a solution, being able to air their concerns can help in relieving stress.
Incorporate a worry wall – Internalizing worries can add to stress. So as we alluded to earlier, having an outlet to express concerns is important. Perhaps a worry wall where kids can stick post-it notes about their problems so that parents will know about them can help.
In the meantime, if you have questions about parenting time schedules and when adjustments are necessary, an experienced family law attorney can advise you.