Child custody issues can be resolved by creating routines
When kids go through their parent’s divorce, it can be difficult for them to know what to expect from the process and the eventual outcome. Children thrive on structure and consistency, and divorce and child custody changes can throw a wrench in their daily routines. For New York parents who want to ease the transition from one household into two, the creation of new routines can be instrumental to their success.
While it may be difficult for parents to work together to create new routines, the benefits are well worth the effort. Children will have a far easier time adjusting to the change in family dynamic if many of the household rules and schedules are the same within both homes. This can include bedtimes, morning routines, homework expectations and even household rules. By collaborating on these issues, parents can ensure that their kids know what to expect, no matter if they are with mom or dad.
For younger children, having a nighttime routine where a parent reads to them for a period of time before bed can help create a peaceful end to the day. Older children can benefit from a dedicated hour after dinner to get help on their homework or talk about issues at school. No matter what the routine may be, consistency is the key to success.
When creating a child custody and visitation schedule, parents in New York should take the time to discuss this issue with each other. When both mom and dad agree that working out shared routines is the best course of action, the path ahead can be made far smoother for everyone. Often, taking the focus away from their own issues and placing it on the well-being of their shared children can help divorcing parents make an easier transition into their new parenting roles.
Source: Deseret News National, How raising kids within routines boosts social and emotional health, Lois M. Collins, March 17, 2014