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Jun 8 2019

The Top Five Ways that Parents Can be Considerate and Child-Focused in Parenting Plans

Part One: Parents support their child’s relationship with the other parent by:

  • helping the child have regular contact with the other parent when they are not together,
  • such as by phone calls, video calls, texts, e-mail, cards, and letters.
  • speaking positively about the other parent.
  • responding positively when the child talks about the child’s time with the other parent.
  • helping the child feel good about their time with the other parent.
  • showing each other respect when attending the child’s activities at the same time.
  • supporting contact with grandparents, stepparents, and other extended family members so
  • the child doesn’t lose these relationships.
  • being flexible with parenting time so the child can take part in the other parent’s special
  • family celebrations and events.
  • allowing the child to display pictures of the other parent and other family members
  • respecting differences in parenting styles and practices.
  • ensuring both parents have the opportunity to provide care that supports the child’s
  • development.

Part Two: Parents support consistency in their Child’s life by:

  • following the parenting time schedule.

  • explaining the parenting time schedule to the child in age-appropriate words.

  • creating a parenting time schedule that supports the amount of sleep the child needs at each age.

  • following similar times for bedtime and naptime in each home.

  • sharing information about the child, such as illness, medication, behavior, and discipline.

Part Three: Parents support their child’s activities and friendships by:

  • keeping each other informed about the child’s friends, activities, and events.

  • allowing the child to attend their activities and events.

  • attending the child’s activities and events when appropriate.

  • arranging or providing transportation for the child.

  • making sure the child has what they need to participate, such as athletic equipment or musical instruments.

Part Four: Parents communicate positively with each other by:

  • agreeing on and using workable methods of respectful communication with the other parent.

  • letting the other parent know about the child’s activities and appointments as soon as possible.

  • giving as much advance notice as possible to the other parent about special occasions or requested changes to the schedule.

  • providing the other parent with travel plans and how the child and the parent can be reached.

Part Five: Parents support conflict-free parenting time transitions by:

  • treating the other parent respectfully.

  • encouraging and helping the child transition to the care of the other parent.

  • being on time and informing the other parent if there are unavoidable delays

  • having the child ready to go on time with the other parent.

  • letting the child carry “important” items with them between the parents’ homes, such as clothes, toys, stuffed animals, and security blankets.

  • informing the other parent if another person will be taking the parent’s place for the transition.

  • being aware of the impact of having other people involved in the transition.

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