Shared custodial agreements are becoming the norm. Oftentimes, the child alternates weeks or long weekends with the other parent. Getting used to this arrangement is difficult for all parents, but there are strategies you can use to help you cope. Some suggestions are:
(i) Use this leisure time to touch base or spend time with other relatives or friends. Of course, in these times, use your personal protection equipment and social distance.
(ii) Enjoy a hobby. Some hobbies that you can enjoy are reading, decorating, gardening, and exercising. These activities can help you take your mind off of the children for a while.
(iii) Ensure that your parenting plan allows for telephone or video contact with your child. Have a set time to check in with your child. For example, schedule a call an hour before your child’s bedtime.
Be respectful of the other parent’s time. Try not to call the child excessively or speak for extremely long periods, as this can be perceived as not respecting the parenting time of the other parent.