School summer break tends to be somewhat chaotic as it throws schedules off, and also gives parents a chance to do something fun and different with kids. Divorced Arizona parents may find the time to be an opportunity to spend extra time together as a family. Here are some tips to make your Arizona summer break one to positively remember.
Summer in Arizona is hot – hot –hot. Plan indoor activities such as museums, movies, laser tag, skating or even the Polar Play Ice bar. Outdoor activities can include a trip to the water park, or a road trip to the Grand Canyon, or Watson Lake for a camping trip. Being a divorced parent doesn’t mean you can’t still have family adventures!
Keep Your Agreements
Be sure that you are following your Parenting Plan including any parameters around where you can or can’t take the kids and for how long. Keep honest, open communication with your co-parent, with a focus on what’s best for the kids.
If a parent wants to do a special outing, encourage it rather than resorting to jealousy. Talk about the financial aspect as well to avoid any confusion about child support obligations or cost sharing.
Optimize the Time Off
While the kids are out of school, consider what important tasks can be taken care of, such as dental visits, physicals, vision or hearing tests and more. Often these can become stressful during the school year when schedules are more rigid. If there is something that has been put off, use the summer flexibility to get it done.
If your Parenting Plan allows, the summer may be a great time for kids to visit relatives to keep the family bonds strong even though parents are separated.
Keep the Kids Busy
Keeping some sort of schedule with the kids will help them ease back into their school routines when the summer ends. Find activities for the kids to do, whether or not you are at work, and use your shared time off to get in quality bonding time.
Local libraries offer summer reading programs, and several other businesses offer day long camps for anything from cooking classes, to arts and crafts, or sport camps. Use these shorter sessions to help awaken a new skill or interest in your child.
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