Shared Parenting Strategies: Questions to Consider Before Creating a Shared Family Schedule

31 May

Before designing your plan, answering the following questions may help you focus on your family’s circumstances.

  • What responsibilities have each of you assumed for childcare prior to separation? For example, who has taken the children to school; helped with homework; scheduled and/or taken children to medical appointments?
  • How has each of you been involved in each child’s recreational activities such as sports, music, dance, or after school clubs?
  • What are the most important issues for each of your children; what do you believe are their individual needs?
  • What do you see as each of your strengths as a parent?
  • How do you want to share parental responsibilities for your children?
  • How do your children get along with each other? Should you consider spending some separate time with each of them?
  • Have you thought about your children’s preferences?
  • What will you have to do to put your children’s needs ahead of your own?
  • Can you protect your children from your own conflicts, disappointments and adult concerns?
  • Have you discussed with each other how and when to tell the children the details of your parenting plan?

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