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Helping Your Kids Live Happily in Two Homes

Posted on August 9th, 2019 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

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If you and your ex-spouse have joint custody of your kids, they will have to live in two separate homes on a regular basis. The transition can be extremely tough on them in the beginning. They’re still trying to cope with the fact that their parents are divorced and may be nervous about living in two different places. However, if you make some adjustments, you can help make the transition easier. Child custody lawyers provide tips on how to help your kids live happily in two homes.

Establish a Routine in Each House

One way to make the transition easier is to establish a regular routine. If you schedule meals, playtime and other activities at the same time every day, it can help relieve some of the anxiety your kids are feeling. The routines don’t have to be exactly the same in each home.

Provide Your Kids With Their Own Space in Each House

Whether it’s their own separate bedroom or special drawers, it’s important to give each child their own space in each home. That way, they will feel included and welcome. Encourage them to decorate their space however they want.

Never Badmouth the Other Parent

Nothing will make your kids more uncomfortable than if you talk poorly about the other parent in front of them. No matter how angry you are with your ex, you should never badmouth him or her while your kids are in the room. Allow your children to tell you about the fun things they did with the other parent. 

Keep Duplicate Items in Each Home

It’s a good idea to have several duplicate items in both homes, like clothes, books, toys and shoes. This way, your kids won’t have to spend all that time packing every time they switch houses. 

Plan Fun Activities 

Make an effort to plan at least one or two fun activities every time your kids come over to your house. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. It could be something as simple as a movie night with popcorn or spending the day at the park. This will give your children something to look forward to and help reduce some of the anxiety they feel during this difficult time.

Encourage Your Kids to Express Their Feelings

Your children are going through a difficult time right now and they should be able to express their emotions comfortably. Let your kids know that you’re always there to talk to them about their feelings.

If you follow these tips, you should be able to help your kids transition comfortably in two homes. If you ever experience any child custody issues in the future, don’t hesitate to contact a family lawyer in Bloomington, IL for guidance.

 


 

Thanks to Pioletti, Pioletti & Nichols for their insight into family law and helping kids live in two homes.

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