Back to School’s Top 7 Tips to Transition Back Into a Routine
- Update school records with the contact information for both parents and request that all information be tendered in duplicate, if possible.
- Parents need to communicate with the children about the end of the summer parenting schedule and the beginning of the school parenting schedule, as they often vary and the children should have a clear picture as to what schedule will be in place.
- Parents need to communicate with each other to ensure that any court orders or agreements that are in place are mutually understood and being followed, for the benefit of the children.
- Discuss sports, lessons, activities, projects and school schedules to ensure everyone is on the same page for pick-ups, drop-offs and expectations when the children are in one parent’s care.
- Keep an accurate list of all school-related expenses and expenditures, in conjunction and compliance with your agreements.
- If at all possible, try to have a mutually agreed-upon schedule for during the school week (no matter which parent’s house the children are staying in at the time) including wake-up times, lunch, homework expectations and the like to create consistency between the homes.
- Always remind yourself that if the children see an united front between their parents then the routine will be much easier to set, much faster.