Being a part of a family that co-parents is tough. You get part of your week away from your children, and it can often feel like a timeshare. You don’t know what goes on outside of your own hours, and you don’t get to be there every single day. Routines get thrown up in the air on a regular basis and the struggle to keep a balance for the sake of the children is very real.
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A lot of babies love the car and the motion sends them straight off to sleep. However, if you are traveling with babies on a long drive, you might need some tips to help you get through the trip as painlessly as possible. Babies will probably sleep through the trip, they might wake up halfway and get grouchy about being stuck in their seat.
Parents often don’t realize how much they upset their children when they argue in front of them. All responsible adults should try to contain themselves and refrain from engaging in verbal disagreements until the kids go to bed. If you don’t think it’s possible to have a rational and calm conversation with your Ex – don’t speak to them at all! (This is hard to sometimes but my life got considerably better once we completely stopped talking.)
When you’ve got joint custody of your children you might only end up seeing them for weekends. It’s not the ideal judgment but it’s what you have at the moment. That was the situation that my parents were in after they got divorced. From the age of five, I lived with my Mom and spent weekends with my Dad (I would eventually live with my Dad, but that’s another story).
Most Mom and Dads want their kids to grow up into well-rounded individuals. That often means ensuring the little ones get a decent education and go off to college in their late teens. However, the process starts much earlier than that in most instances, and parents should set their child off on the right track from the moment they start school.
As a parent, you always want to be able to bring the best out in your children. Not only is it important to you for them to be happy, but you definitely always want to ensure that they reach their potential, and can generally be successful in whatever it is that they want to do. It’s only natural for us to press academics. We know that education is important, so it’s second nature for us to encourage them in school, and support their academics. But what about sports?
Having a loved one in the military can place lots of strain on other family members. Indeed, they spend most of their time worrying, and the rest missing their husband or wife. Still, there are lots of things all families can do to ensure they stay close when one parent is far away. It’s important for everyone in the military and their partners to consider some of the advice from this page. They should do that for the benefit of their children who run the risk of growing up without their mother or father.
As a parent, surviving the teen years with a one-on-one activity is paramount. I have mentioned before in my custody tips, having an unique one-on-one activity is good practice. The advice is actually good parenting regardless of the situation.
As my kids enter their second week of school, routine and business are starting to take over. Among the work of studying, homework projects, and daily band or football practices, it is easy to only see your teen coming and going. It is even more difficult to keep up when your teenager if you are the non-custodian parent. So how do you keep up with your kids? Listed below are my five ways to stay in tune with your teen.
In 2009, a 555 pound, 14 year old South Carolina boy was removed to foster care after his mother was arrested and charged with criminal neglect. The state’s Department of Social Services had determined that without state intervention, the boy was at risk of serious harm. Two years later, a Chicago father, who’s children live with him most of the time, brought up his children’s weight and health in discussions with his lawyers.
Out of respect to my daughter, I haven’t shared much about my current co-parenting situation. As I review and compare DGC to other custody blogs, I realize I have purposely left out the million crazy instances of co-parenting with someone who has a very different moral and parenting style. As the title of this blog indicates, Daddy Got Custody, I have been the custodial parent since my daughter was four (she’s about to be 17 next month).
“What is best for the children?” We ask that question constantly, regardless of the situation. Here we talk mostly about divorcing parents and how Dads can get child custody. We also consider those times where maybe, just maybe, the parents can reconcile their differences, patch up conflicts, and put many of their not seeing-eye-to-eye moments behind them, and reestablish the family unit.
“Over the years, I’ve interviewed numerous children in connection with my child custody law and mediation practice. When asked about their feelings and wishes, NOT ONE child responded that they wanted more child support from Daddy. I have had a few children request that their Dad…
Young children of divorce can suffer from a lack of identity. And society can exacerbate that conflict with asking, not intending harm, embarrassing questions that not only make a blended family uncomfortable, but create even more angst for the child of divorced parents.
If you have read me for any length of time, you know that I am not a big fan of television for kids. I am a “mafia dad,” a name given to me by my teenage daughter, for collecting, monitoring and restricting technology use in our house. If you can believe it, during most of my kids’ early years, …