Learn How to Easily SURVIVE Back to School as a Stepmom!
It seems like summer just began, didn’t it? Unfortunately though, back to school time is right on our heels and as a Stepmom, this time can be absolutely INSANE!
If you parent, the kids probably spent the summer away or partially away from home, which can make the coming home part confusing and chaotic! If your kids stayed with you during summer break, you probably didn’t have much time to organize or prep for the back to school time.
For this coming up back to school season, I want to provide you with the easiest way to SURVIVE it!
The very first step is to create and establish a game plan and get everyone on board!
By gameplay I am talking about the routine or schedule you plan to have throughout the school year. Who will have the kids and when? Pickups and drop-offs, who will do either if the main person cannot. School events, homework, lunches, etc.
You know what will work for you and your spouse so the two of you establish your proposed plan and ask the other parent to do the same. Get together and discuss both proposals and come up with 1 solution that works for you all!
This needs to be done ahead of time in case you either cannot agree with one another and/or there is an issue that needs to time to be solved.
Secondly, supplies, school clothing, shoes, and fees should be a shared investment.
My husband and I, now, are the only parents in our kids live so we are the ones to do all of this! However, if you are co-parenting these expenses should be shared or split, in a fair manner!
School supplies alone are costly! When you add in the new outfits, shoes, undergarments etc it’s outrageously expensive. Even further, the older grade levels require “class fees” that are not cheap where we live.
The supply list usually comes out at the end of the previous school year. Get a couple of copies and either split the list or you & your spouse meet with the other parent and choose who buys what. Same with the outfits and such, you buy this set amount and the other parent buys the same amount. It shouldn’t be difficult if you have a healthy co-parenting relationship!Read more..
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You’re probably wondering what secret am I referring to by now huh?
I don’t think I would be very wrong by stating that learning to co-parent and deal with all the outcomes that come with sharing custody of your child with someone else, is one the HARDEST battles to overcome. This becomes even more difficult when the other parent doesn’t see things your way. Agreeing, compromising, sucking up one’s pride and ego are just some of the obstacles that have to be addressed.
So when one is faced with this battle, there is no wonder they try to discover the secret that can make seemingly impossible co-parenting and custody battles, possible.
Today, I am going to give you the answer to the secret stepmoms from all around are dying to know!
P.S. OFW= OurFamilyWizard
Whether you are divorced, separated, or never married, shared parenting has never been easier to manage. With OurFamilyWizard’s tools, you can document your parenting arrangements. Track parenting time, organize your family vital information, send messages, share journals, and much more.
Keep the focus on your children without putting them in the middle.
Children should never be used as messengers for their parents. OFW can help you to keep your children at the center of your shared parenting without putting them in the middle of the conflict.
Trusted by Family Courts through the United States and Canada.
OurFamilyWizard’s tools empower parents to reduce conflict, remove the “he said/she said”, and reach resolutions on their own. As a result, OFW is court ordered in contested cases throughout the United States and Canada.
Keep extended family in the loop with just the right amount of access.
Grandparents, step-parents, aunts, uncles, and other child caregivers need to be kept informed, too. OFW makes it easy to grant just enough access to keep these individuals informed without compromising information to be kept just between the parents.
Shared parenting can be improved by using the OurFamilyWizard website.
Shared parenting doesn’t have to be difficult. The right support and tools can help. OurFamilyWizard equips co-parents with a powerful toolset for managing shared parenting arrangements and family information across multiple homes. OFWcan even help with difficult situations where there is restricted parental contact, as in the case with orders for protection, restraining orders and no-contact orders. Protect your privacy and keep the other parent informed about your child.
OFW lets you track divorce communications, parenting time calendars, shared expenses, and more. Every page documents the last time each parent viewed it, and every entry is stamped with who made the entry and when. Access to your information is available from anywhere with the OFW mobile apps for iOS and Android. When you need to compile records for the court, OFW makes it simple to customize clear printouts and downloadable reports of your information.