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Are you keyed into your child's academic life?

If you are co-parenting the kids after your divorce, the start of the school year is a good time to re-evaluate your co-parenting goals, and that begins with effective communication between the co-parents.

The following tips can help divorced and separated parents navigate the shoals of successful co-parenting.

-- Keep the other parent keyed into the communication loop. If practice times change, let them know with a quick text. The same goes for parent-teacher conferences and any problems that crop up during the school year.

-- Keep positive about your children's academic and school-related activities. Expressions of parental enthusiasm and interest are a cue for kids to view school activities the same way.

-- Re-commit to staying actively involved in your children's educational progress. Check their homework and know the due dates for upcoming projects so kids don't fall behind.

-- Let your kids participate in their favorite extra-curricular activities. Kids learn a lot of positive life skills from being involved in group sports and club activities, which help them to become well-rounded students.

-- Don't be a passive participant in your child's life. If you can, volunteer for a school project, and definitely carve out the time on your schedule to be there for school ceremonies during the year.

-- Make sure that your child's teachers know how to get in touch with you if there is a problem developing with behavior or academic performance.

-- Divorced parents should both keep a calendar of their children's school activities and events to ensure their participation.

-- Not all work schedules permit attendance at parent-teacher conferences, but that should never prevent a parent from communicating openly with their children's teachers.

Kids may shrug it off if their parents aren't engaged in their educational process, but it's a blow, nonetheless. Make sure your relationship with their other parent doesn't negatively overshadow their educational experiences.

Source: Divorce Magazine, "Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts for Starting a New School Year as a Divorced Parent," Russell J. Frank, Aug. 23, 2016

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