When children have two parents who live together or live apart due to a divorce, it’s important that they know that they are united in supporting the child’s venture into the new school year. Make sure every day each parent talks with the child about their day and sets up a routine for having a snack after school, doing homework, and playing.
10 Hints for Co-Parenting the First Month of School
It’s very important for marital problems to remain separate from parenting. When kids feel their parents agree on the importance of school and the routines that make things run smoothly, they feel calm about school and do well. If marital strife interferes, the child feels disorganized and finds it hard to concentrate. Co-parenting is team work!
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst with specialized clinical training in infant-parent, child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapy. She has been on the faculties of New York University and the Society for Psychoanalytic Study and Research, among others.
She has written extensively on parenting for various publications, including the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, The International Journal of Infant Observation, The Inner World of the Mother, Newsday’s Parents & Children Magazine, Long Island Parent.
She also wrote her popular column, PARENTAL INTELLIGENCE, at Moms Magazine and has been a parenting expert for numerous publications such as Good Housekeeping.. She currently writes for Active Family Magazine (San Francisco) and blogs for Huffington Post.
Her new book is Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning in Your Child’s Behavior.
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