Planning a Stress-Free Summer After Divorce
Summertime is traditionally a time for families to get together and have some fun. But if you’re recently divorced, summertime might feel more like a source of stress than a time of relaxation. How do you plan a stress-free summer when your family structure has changed? Here are some tips to help you out.
Planning ahead is key to a stress-free summer. Make a list of the things you want to do and the places you want to go. This will help you stay organized and avoid last-minute scrambling.
If you have custody of your children, plan activities that you know they’ll enjoy. Consider day trips to nearby parks or museums, or longer vacations to visit family or friends. If you don’t have custody, try to schedule some quality time with your children into your summer plans.
Divide up financial responsibilities for summer activities ahead of time. If you are planning on splitting the cost of a vacation with your ex, decide who will pay for what in advance. This will help avoid arguments later on.
If you’re worried about how you’ll afford summer activities, look for free or low-cost options in your area. There are often many family-friendly events happening during the summer months that won’t break the bank.
Don’t forget to schedule time for yourself, too. Whether it’s taking a yoga class, getting a massage, or reading your favorite book by the pool, make sure you have some activities that are just for you. You deserve it!
Finally, while it’s important to have a plan and be organized, remember to be flexible. Things will come up that you didn’t plan for, and that’s okay. Just roll with the punches and remember that a little bit of stress is normal. With some planning and a positive attitude, you and your children can have a great summer despite your divorce. We hope these tips have been helpful. Wishing you all the best this summer!