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Summer Vacation: How Non-Custodial Parents Can Make The Most Of It

Harding Law Firm - Friday, August 08, 2014


It’s August, the most popular month for family vacations. If you’re a parent without custody of your kids, a little pre-planning will help make the time a wonderful memory. Whether you’re going to the beach, or swimming and picnicking in your own backyard, here are some tips to making the most of your time together: 

1)    Follow the Visitation Schedule: Your kids are counting on it, so don’t disappoint them. If for some reason you need to adjust the schedule, let your ex-spouse and children know as soon as you can. Then schedule another vacation time. 

2)    Make the kids the center of attention. Let them help choose activities and outings. This is an ideal opportunity to get to know their likes and dislikes. At the same time, share with your children your memories of family vacations, and be sure to form new traditions. 

3)    Parents should work together as much as possible to ensure a smooth transition to both homes for the children. Always make them feel welcome in your home. 

4)    Prepare space for vacation visits. If it’s a hotel room, make sure there are enough beds and perhaps a kitchen area for convenient family meals. If you’re vacationing at home, have a separate room for your child, and stock it with some of their favorite toys or games. Give your child the comforts of home, such as their toys, games and snacks. If you have a teenager, be sure to give them plenty of space. 

5)    Be attuned to your child’s needs. If they want constant activity, plan outings to lakes, swimming pools, amusement parks, firework shows, or anything else they come up with. If they prefer quiet time, plan to play cards, lie in a hammock, watch movies or let them sleep in. 

With a bit of planning, you and your kids can celebrate summer with one of the best vacations ever for all of you!