For those of you in shared custodial situations where you have children going back and forth between two family settings, it is important that you communicate with the other parent when it comes to making decisions about coronavirus and custody. Understandably you and your co-parent may have different views about how to approach this pandemic.
Your child (or children) is also navigating the same circumstances and major changes to everyday routine may add to their stress & anxiety.
Here are some tips:
1. Agree that if one parent gets sick then the other will take the child / children for as long as necessary.
2. Agree that the other parent will have appropriate makeup time when they are better.
3. Do not rely on grandparents stepping in since they are the most vulnerable members of the population to the virus.
4. Stay calm, be present and as agreeable as possible. Now is not the time to argue over whose night it is or who owes money for what.
5. Incorporate regular phone calls, FaceTime, email or text contact with the other parent.
6. Most importantly, follow the CDC guidelines best health practices.
Remember as with all custodial arrangments the focus should be on your children and the health of your family!
We will get through this together.