Long-distance parenting: Review the terms of summer visits

With the summer months right around the corner, now is the time to think about child care if you already haven't. For parents who don't have their kids during the school year, this might be a challenging time. In the case of long-distance parenting, you might have to plan for what you will do when you need to work, and the kids are with you.

It is unrealistic to think that you will be able to take the summer off. Instead, you might want to see if you can find a way to work a reduced schedule, so you have the time to spend with your children while they are with you. On the days that you have to work, you might choose to have a sitter come to the home or you may choose a day care center or camp.

We know that most parents want to spend as much time as they can with their children. This is what makes it so difficult to live away from them. If you are in a long-distance parenting situation, you should figure out ways to build a meaningful relationship with them even if you aren't right there. This might make the transition to parenting over the summer months a bit easier.

Because you only have the kids for a small part of the year, you should review the parenting plan before they come to your home. This ensures you are doing things in accordance with the plan. Pay close attention to any rules about traveling with them or allowing them to contact their other parent. We can help you review the document or seek modifications if there are things that aren't working for the situation any longer.

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