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Co-parenting a child who participates in extracurricular activities

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2024 | Parenting Plans

Managing a child’s extracurricular activities can be challenging while co-parenting. It requires a well-coordinated effort to ensure that the child benefits fully from these activities without unnecessary stress on either parent. Co-parents who can navigate the logistics of extracurricular activities effectively can make the situation easier for everyone.

Extracurricular activities are often crucial to social, emotional and academic growth. Co-parents should view these activities as a platform for collaboration rather than contention. By prioritizing their child’s needs and interests, co-parents can foster a positive environment that encourages active participation and support for their child’s endeavors outside the classroom.

Use a shared calendar

A shared digital calendar is an invaluable tool for co-parents managing extracurricular activities. It lets parents stay informed about upcoming events, practices and performances. Both parents can ensure they’re on the same page by inputting all relevant dates and times, including those responsible for transportation and attendance.

Establish open communication with extracurricular activities. Regular check-ins through phone calls, texts or emails can help co-parents exchange updates, discuss any changes and address concerns as they arise. This ensures that both parents are equally involved in decisions and can collaboratively solve any issues related to scheduling, finances or the child’s interest in continuing an activity.

Share the responsibilities

Dividing the responsibilities of managing extracurricular activities can alleviate the burden on both co-parents. It may involve alternating who takes the child to practices or games, sharing the cost of uniforms and equipment or taking turns attending performances and matches.

This approach ensures that the child receives support from both parents and helps maintain a balanced schedule for the co-parents. It’s essential to be flexible and understand each other’s time and commitments, as this will foster a cooperative environment conducive to the child’s success in their activities.

Expectations regarding extracurricular activities should be built into a family’s parenting plan. This provides both parents with the foundation of what should happen with the children. Working with a legal representative who can assist with getting this together is beneficial so parents can ensure all necessary concerns are addressed.