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August 2018 Archives

Making the school year a success for children after divorce

Tennessee parents know that young children will experience a wide range of emotions with the start of each new school year. There is a sense of excitement about starting something new as well as a sense of apprehension that comes from facing the unknown, including new friends, new teachers and new subjects. This sense of apprehension may be amplified for children who are under a shared custody arrangement. However, parents can mitigate some of this apprehension by using the last days of the summer vacation to help their children focus on what to expect for the next school year.

Creating consistent expectations for children after divorce

When children of divorced parents in Tennessee spend time in two households, they may have to adjust to two sets of rules. However, children generally do better when there is one clear set of expectations, regardless of who they are living with. Even when two parents have different philosophies or parenting styles, they need to work out boundaries that both are willing to enforce.

Mistakes to avoid when parenting after a divorce

Being a parent after a divorce can be confusing. However, there are things that co-parents in Tennessee should always remember. For instance, parents shouldn't avoid communicating with each other. Instead, they should create a plan that addresses what they will do when conflict arises. Furthermore, the children should never be expected to speak on behalf of the parent or otherwise get involved in their arguments.

How to be an effective parent after a divorce

A divorce can be a period of adjustment for both children and parents in Tennessee and throughout the country. Parents may feel frustrated or as if they are competing with each other while the children often aren't sure how to process what is happening in their lives. For noncustodial parents, it can feel like a challenge to make the most of whatever time that they are entitled to with their children.

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