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How do you help your child feel comfortable in two homes?

On Behalf of | Feb 4, 2022 | child custody

Just as you must adjust to the many changes divorce brings, the same applies to your shared children. How do you help them settle into living in two households?

Parents.com offers tips for helping children of divorce get used to living in different homes. Help your kids to peace of mind as they ease into their post-divorce lives.

Choose roles for drop-offs and pick-ups

When the time comes to switch custody, decide which parent drops off or picks up the kids. It could make more sense for the parent who has the kids to drop them off at the other parent’s house. That way, mom and dad do not interrupt each other’s time with their kids.

Ease your child into the switch

Going from one household to the other may disorient children. You and the other parent may want to come up with a transitional routine to ease your son or daughter into the other household. For instance, your child may have the same meal, play the same game or watch the same show after coming home.

Establish common ground

Children benefit from structure, no matter if their parents are divorced or remain married. Co-parents may take advantage of this by establishing the same rules in both households. Kids may have the same amount of screen time, bedtimes and homework hours in both houses. You and your former spouse may post these rules on a whiteboard or the fridge in your homes.

Kids deserve to feel comfortable no matter which home they live in. The right tips help parents and children alike.