Ahhhh Summer…

As we head into the summer months and vacations begin, be sure to keep some smart parenting tips in mind as you embark on this summer’s adventure. First, remember to communicate with your co-parent about your vacation plans. Remember that the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines contain the following direction: “For emergency notification purposes, whenever a child travels out of the area with either parent, one of the following shall be provided to the other parent: An itinerary of travel dates, destinations, and places where the child or the traveling parent can be reached, or the name and telephone number of an available third person who knows where the child or parent may be located.”

Even on vacation, your co-parent is entitled to reasonable telephone access with the child. There is no need for telephone calls to interrupt vacation plans, but a quick call to the other parent is both courteous and smart. Children having a great time want to tell the other parent all about the fun. This in no way diminishes the vacation experience, but actually lets your child experience it more fully.

Finally, don’t let passports become a battle ground. A child must have a passport for all international travel including travel to Canada and Mexico. Minors seeking a passport must personally appear to complete the application process usually along with both parents. That means that parents must cooperate to obtain a passport or the child misses out on exciting travel opportunities. Once the child has a passport, it should be available to either parent for travel with the child. Discuss and agree on a procedure for storing and accessing the passport to avoid arguments and ruined vacation plans.

Summer vacation season should be a period of relaxation and enjoyment for your child. Always keep your child’s best interests in mind as he or she embarks on summer travel with either parent. Maintain communication with your co-parent and enjoy your extended time with your child!

One Response to “Ahhhh Summer…”

  1. March 02, 2016 at 11:22 am, Damien said:

    It depends on the slohocs and on the kids, and I would go and interview and observe any slohocs you are considering. My eldest would had some early learning issues which might have benefited from being homeschooled, except that she was compulsively social and would have absolutely hated not having kids around most of the day. I ended up doing a lot of tutoring until she was up to par, but kept her in formal school systems. As to the public private thing, I have tried both public and private slohocs. In some places the public slohocs were better than the private ones; in others it was the reverse. I am myself Catholic and I tithe, so that the local Catholic school system is free to me, but there was a time when I sent one kid to the Catholic school, and the other to nonreligious private school. (The local public slohocs at that time and place were bad in all respects.) The secular private school was more academically challenging but had a problem with drugs and alcohol. My risk taker therefore got sent to the Catholic school, my cautious kid to the other.


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