Creative scheduling products can ease parental time-sharing

Managing a custody schedule can be a challenge for many Florida families, and it is easy for visitation exchanges to come in conflict with parental work schedules, school events and extracurricular activities. When time-sharing efforts begin to feel overwhelming, both parents and children suffer. One way to make things easier is by finding a scheduling solution that allows everyone to be on the same page when it comes to visitation.

One such product was created by a divorced mom who was looking for a way to simplify visitation scheduling for her own family. She designed a magnetic board schedule, similar to the ones used to designate chores or track school projects. Customized magnets feature an image of each parent, and some have both parents on the same magnet. Parents can position the magnets on the calendar to show where the kids will be on any given day.

There are weekly, biweekly and even monthly versions available. Families can customize their calendar by ordering magnets that show different house styles, common activities and appointments. Having a clear visual reference for how the week or month will play out can help kids feel more in control of their lives, which can reduce stress, acting out and other negative issues.

Older kids can receive those same benefits by using a shared calendar on their phone or other device. All family members can access and contribute to the schedule, so that everyone is on the same page. Making use of these types of tools can help families avoid disruption and contention that arises when a time-sharing mistake is made. For many in Florida, anything that can make child custody or visitation a better experience is worth a try.

Source:, "This Calendar For Kids of Divorce Is What Coparenting Is Truly All About", Kate Schweitzer, Aug. 15, 2017

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