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Creating a functional parenting plan

In the vast majority of cases, a child will thrive when both of their parents work together in their best interests. If you are separated from the other parent of your child, it is, therefore, important that you can put your differences aside for the benefit of your child.

To ensure some level of continuity in your child's life, you should consider creating a parenting plan. This plan can function as both a schedule and an agreement between both parents. It helps keep the logistical aspects of parenting running smoothly, while at the same time ensuring that the child is experiencing consistency and dependability from both of their parents. The following are some tips for creating a functional parenting plan.

Be practical

You should start by thinking about what is possible rather than what is ideal. While you may want to pick up your child from school every day, this may not be possible because of your work schedule. By sharing the logistical responsibilities with the other parent, it can be possible to help each other. Creating a biweekly blueprint of a typical schedule could be a great way to start.

Think about values

A child needs consistency to thrive. Therefore, you should agree with the other parent on values that you would like to instill in your child. This means deciding on certain rules that will be upheld in both homes so that your child is not subject to inconsistent discipline.

If you have recently separated from the other parent of your child, you should take early action to ensure that your child does not suffer as a result of the separation.

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