It is Spring! Which means that children are counting down the days until summer vacation. Summer vacation brings unstructured days and vacation planning that can be stressful to parents, particularly parents who are divorced or separated. For parents in this situation there are things that can be done to minimize the stress on the parents and most importantly, the children.
If your court order outlines your time in the summer, and a timeline for informing the other parent about your plans, stick to this timeline and plan early. Don’t try to outdo the other parent when it comes to vacation extravagance: Perhaps you have the means to plan a week in Dubai, but don’t despair if you cannot- remember that a day at Jacksonville beach, or tubing in the nearby Ichetucknee State Park can be just as valuable as a faraway jaunt when it comes to bonding and spending time with your children.
Kyung Dickerson and Alan Plevy offer tips for summer planning to parents who are divorced or separated. Their article 6 Summer Vacation Tips for Divorced or Separated Parents can be found at this link:
For more information on the Ichetucknee State Park, click here:
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HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!