Detailed Parenting Plans Makes Planning for Summer Vacation Easier and Less Stressful
The best gift parents can give to themselves and their children is a well thought out detailed parenting plan. Why? Because it avoids a lot of unnecessary debate and stress down the road. Of course the best time to negotiate and write this plan is when you first divorce or separate, but it is never too late.
Good, comprehensive parenting plans cover; money, schedules, education, health, sports and much more. They also should have detailed plans and agreements around summer vacations. The nice thing about a plan is that if made in advance of the event, it will address how to deal with conflict before it actually happens and can even prevent conflict from happening in the first place. Both parents will have a road map with how to deal with parenting issues and scheduling well in advance of any event. While some may feel that a detailed parenting plan is restricting, the opposite is actually quite true – the more detailed the plan – the more freedom for each parent. Each parent is afforded the ability to plan and schedule both with in regards to the children and themselves, well in advance.
And so, when – not if – disagreements arise, the plan has set out in advance and can serve to keep parents on track with positive co parenting. The plan becomes in valuable as it sets out how to handle the issues well in advance of the event materializing.
Then let go and let live.
Enjoy your children and cherish the moments with them. Empower them by empowering yourself.
Karen Stewart, BSc., M.B.A., RHU, CDFA, R.F.M., is the President, CEO and founder of Fairway Divorce Solutions, a leading alternative divorce solutions firm. As an entrepreneur, leading divorce expert and proud single mother of three, Karen’s book, Clean Break: How to Divorce with Dignity and Move on with Your Life is a first-hand glimpse into the traditional system of divorce, it’s pitfalls and empowering alternatives, and is available at major book retailers across Canada and can be purchased online at www.amazon.ca.