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What can I do to help my child adjust in school after my divorce?

Parents with children know that the real new year doesn't begin on January 1, but when children begin their new school year. It means new beginnings-either through a new school, class, teacher or friends. For many children, it could also be the first time they are attending school after their parent's divorce has been finalized and the new school year is even more stressful than it should be.

Missouri parents can help their children transition through the first couple of months back in school by planning ahead of time and communicating with one another in the process. As difficult as their divorce may have been, it is time to put their children's best interests at the forefront and smooth the way for them.

First of all, go over the child custody schedule in detail together. Who has custody which days, including the first day of school. Once that is figured out, inform the district transportation department and let them know where to pick up children from and where to drop them. School administration officials should also be made aware of the changes and schedule, so there are no confusions at the end of the day. Parents can also ask teachers to add both of them to the mailing lists, so both are aware of important school announcements without having to check in with another.

Coordinating throughout the year might sound painful and difficult for newly divorced parents, but when sharing custody and making important decisions, it is important to communicate with one another. With a little forethought, the child's well-being can be ensured and back to school routine normalized as much as possible.

Source: Huffington Post, "Back-To-School Tips For Divorce Parents," Carla Schiff Donnelly, Aug. 9 2017

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