Being a teacher and seeing the lack of routine and stability kids have when going between houses during the school week has led me to always be against it.
It’s now being proposed for my kids. I’m so sad for them. Now they’ll miss their after school activities with their friends and be sat in a house with an iPad while dad works from home.
I’m trying to see the positives of this. It’s hard enough as a mum to adjust to not always being with my kids, let alone for children to adjust to ever changing routines. Please be kind with your advice.
We trialed sharing weekdays and weekends and the kids never adjusted. They always missed home and it was really annoying keeping track of the uniforms and books left at there dads house. In the end we settled on arvo visits mid week and shared weekends.
as in every weekday or week on week off? I won’t lie it is hard for everyone. Catch up on homework on your time if it doesn’t get done there. Spend quality time with them when you have them and try to work or do housework when they are gone.
Its hard for all involved. We have done 50:50 for eight years and our girls, especially the youngest, hate going between homes. We have just moved to two weeks on two weeks off their request and that is working well. They have more time to settle.
It certainly not ideal but as long as you and your ex work together and have good communication is it possible.
Positives include your kids learning to be organised and independent, different friends/environments/activities at each house, and each parent getting a break every now and then .. and you can use this time to regroup and recharge ready for when the kids come home agian.
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