What information will help the parenting planning process go more quickly?
Have all school calendars printed out and take the time to note
a. Days off
b. Modified Days
c. Special Days (back to school, open house, celebrations, dances, conferences, IEP Reviews)
Know all the dates for signing your children up for camps and have a list of camps available.
Most camps release their dates by March, you can prepare by:
Having the dates ready for specific camps if they are already released;
Plan to have a summer planning mediation in March or April; or
Go off of last year’s session topics and dates and be prepared to move things around when the actual dates are listed
Know when your children’s next physicals and dental dates are scheduled
Think about what vacations:
a. You’d like to take
b. You expect that your co-parent will ask for
c. Your family is expecting you to take
Have the dates of any planned work trips or annual conferences
Think through holidays and special days
a. How has your family been celebrating these days
b. If you could preserve special celebrations for your children (with your family or your co-parent’s family) what would they be
c. What holidays are you willing to let go of
d. How could you create new holiday traditions
Is it easier to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday with one family and Friday with the other family each year than having a rotating schedule?
Can one co-parent have the whole Christmas Eve and Day celebration while the other parent celebrates Christmas over New Year’s (as some Slavic traditions do)
What other information would you like your Co-parent to have at the mediation?