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Summer Vacation Survival Tips for Divorced or Separated Parents

Summer Vacation Survival Tips for Divorced or Separated Parents

Parents who are divorced or separated can have quite a challenge when planning out their child’s summer vacation schedule. Especially between two different sets of households and schedules, it’s important to keep in mind that this does not have to be stressful! Here are four summer vacation survival tips for divorced or separated parents.

Plan ahead

It’s important to be upfront with your ex on any vacation plans and what your child will be doing when away from the other person. It’s also important to establish what the child will need for the trip and who will be supplying it. For instance, if your child needs a swimming suit and beach towel it’s important to know which household the child keeps their belongings. Another good idea is to use a checklist to keep track. Planning ahead makes the summer go smoother and reduces stress.

Transitioning between houses

It’s important to make your child feel welcome in your home and to make sure the transition is a smooth one. For instance, set similar rules in each household. If one parent limits cellphones in one house, make sure there are similar rules in the other. Your child will feel less confused and will not compare one parent to the other. Also, set up personal space for your child. If your child does not have his/her own room, organize space for before he/she arrives such as drawers or closet space.

Share important information

It’s essential to exchange important information with your ex such as doctor information, dentist information, any allergy information, and medications. Sometimes the other person could be unaware of changes in a child’s life.

Give your child attention and have fun! – Put away any work (or take time off from work), cellphone, laptop, computer and make sure to spend time with your child. Children do not need to be kept busy all the time, but make sure the time spent together is meaningful! It’s also helpful to plan activities beforehand to ensure your child will look forward to their visit. “Children value quality time over fancy trips and they don’t care about which parent takes them on a beach vacation” (

Written By: Tricia Doane,Rust Built, Marketing Services

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