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Facing Your First Summer as a Divorced Parent? Here are Some Tips

Published February 3, 2021
As a newly divorced parent, the vast summer months can seem overwhelming, especially during these uncertain times. By collaborating with your ex, checking in with your child, and being patient with yourself, you can navigate these upcoming months with greater ease.

These last few months have brought unprecedented challenges and changes to our world. If your divorce has recently been finalized, you are likely still working on creating a stable future for yourself in the midst of economic uncertainty and other unknowns. Newly divorced parents are tasked with additional questions about how these uncertainties will impact their children, and it’s natural to feel anxious and overwhelmed about how to navigate the summer as a single parent. Below are a few tips to help you approach these next few months with a bit more confidence.

Safety First

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread across the country, many parents are grappling with how to keep themselves and their children safe from the virus. If there are summer camps or daycare facilities that are still operating in your area, talk to your ex about whether these options work for your family. Do you desperately need childcare? If so, work with your child’s other parent to develop a strategy that minimizes potential exposure to the virus. If you have a joint custody arrangement, make sure you both see eye-to-eye on how your two households will attempt to reduce exposure and risk by limiting social engagements, avoiding traveling, and more.

Collaborate With Your Child

While this summer is unconventional, to say the least, it’s still important to connect with your child to discuss their goals for these next few months. Are they interested in a particular subject, like dinosaurs, planets, or fashion? Nurture their curiosity by having them seek out books or online resources that spark their interest. If possible, try to find ways of getting your child outdoors as much as possible; even a simple walk around the neighborhood can do wonders for the mind and spirit.

Be Patient With Yourself

Most importantly, remember that you are doing your best. Even if you feel overwhelmed or like you are failing in some way, give yourself credit for showing up for your child every day and doing what you can in the face of all of this uncertainty. The more you can be flexible with what life throws at you, the more resilient you will become. As a result, your child will feel safe and supported by your strength, and you may find yourselves feeling more optimistic about the future.

 

Whether you are thinking about a divorce or you need assistance with a child custody or child support matter in the Portland area, Lee Tyler Family Law, P.C. is here to help. Call (503) 233-8868 today to discuss your concerns with a dedicated and compassionate family law attorney.

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