Extra-Curricular Activities Children benefit from participating in extra-curricular activities like sports teams, lessons or clubs. These activities tend to come with a time commitment for the children to be present at set times for practices, team building activities, recitals or games. There is usually a cost that is considered a section 7 expense requiring each… Continue reading Using Third Party Services as a Control Tactic
The daycare is sometimes used to exchange the child from one parent to the other. This means that the child is left at the daycare by one parent and picked-up by the other parent. This strategy limits contact between parents that fight or have safety concerns. A court order for daycare exchanges might state: The… Continue reading Daycare Exchanges
Brrr-ing on the Fun with These Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids!
Make Your Winter Parenting Time Count It’s a chilly winter day, but that doesn’t mean you and your kids have to stay indoors! With the right gear and attitude, there are plenty of fun outdoor winter activities for kids to enjoy in the cold weather. So bundle up and come along as we explore some… Continue reading Brrr-ing on the Fun with These Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids!
Christmas Parenting Time
Families that celebrate Christmas want to share the holiday with their children. Christmas holidays are loaded with exciting times and traditions. It’s a holiday filled with Christmas movies and music, decorations, Christmas trees, presents, baked goods and traditional meals enjoyed with loved ones. Christmas is even more magical for families with young children. Some families encourage… Continue reading Christmas Parenting Time
Halloween Parenting Time
Families with Halloween traditions want to share them with their kids. Some families carve pumpkins, decorate, bake spooky treats, make costumes, visit haunted houses and go trick-or-treating in their community. Halloween is full of fun memories (and candy) for children. After separation, parents want their children to spend Halloween with them to continue the traditions… Continue reading Halloween Parenting Time
Are the Kids Even Mine?
A mother never questions if she is the biological mother to her child. A mother knows the child is hers the moment she finds out about her pregnancy. It is usually a choice when a mother is not a biological match to her child. The mother could have used a donor or egg or the… Continue reading Are the Kids Even Mine?
In some parenting situations, one parent withholds the child from the other parent for reasons related to family violence, substance abuse issues, inappropriate discipline, inadequate parenting skills or neglect, lack of parenting experience or other significant concerns. In other situations, the child is withheld as a control tactic to dictate and control the other parent. The Primary… Continue reading Supervised Visits
Which parent buys the school supplies? School supplies are usually not a section 7 expense. In parenting situations where one parent has day-to-day care of the child and the other parent pays child support, the child support should be sufficient to help cover the routine costs of supplies. If the school supplies are above average… Continue reading School Supplies
I don’t want to share
“You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.” Sharing is an important skill that is required to function in society. If a child does not learn how to share, take turns or compromise, the child will struggle in social situations. The child will likely have very few, if any, friends. When disagreements arise, the… Continue reading I don’t want to share
Withholding Access as a Control Tactic
Separated parents often have different opinions about what is “best” for the child. Parents that fail to consider the thoughts and feelings of the child usually end up treating the child like property. This is most often accomplished when a parent withholds the child from the other parent to use the child as leverage in… Continue reading Withholding Access as a Control Tactic