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Back to school can be stressful after a separation

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Back-to-school season is a difficult one for some children. When their parents went through a separation over the summer, things might be even more complicated. There are several things that you might be able to do to help your children cope with this situation.

One of the first things to do is to make sure that education is covered in the parenting plan. There needs to be clear information about who is responsible for what and how issues will be handled. If you and your ex are both responsible for making decisions, discuss how this will work. Going into the year with a plan can make things less stressful for you, which can also benefit your children.

Another important thing you need to do is let the school know about the changes that have happened. This might help your child's teacher to deal with some of the things your child is going through. Sometimes, children might misbehave during a divorce or immediately after. Letting the teacher know can help them to address this possibility in a productive way.

You might also need to touch base with the parents of your child's friends. Discuss the situation with them and let them know that they might need to let their children know what happened. There is a chance that your children won't feel comfortable discussing some aspects of the changes that happened. This gives their friends a chance to ask difficult questions to their parents, which might make take some stress off your child.

There are many things that can come up during the first year of school after a separation. Let your children know that you are here to help them and that you will always support them. This, above everything else, might help them tremendously.

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