Even though it is still only springtime in Nebraska, it is not too soon for parents to be making plans for summer vacation. That last day of school is right around the corner and the more you can be prepared for the less structured time compared to when your kids are in school, the better. This is perhaps especially true when you and your former spouse have to figure out who has the kids when and what activities you will each share with them.

Parenting Magazine reminds separated or divorced moms and dads to keep  a child-first attitude when making all summertime plans. This is actually consistent with the approach that you should take all year long. For example, your ex might plan a really fun trip for them and your children to take together. You may understandably feel a bit jealous that you aren’t sharing that experience with your kids but instead of letting that be your primary focus, turn your attention instead to the joy your children will experience and allow them to really revel in that.

You can take this a step further by making positive comments about their adventures and even the other parent who has planned and executed such a great thing for them. These are concrete ways that you can reinforce to your kids that it is safe for them to love both parents equally even though you are no longer married.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to help divorced or separated parents in Nebraska plan and enjoy a positive summer break with their children even while sharing time together with them with a former partner.