The start of a new school year can be stressful for parents and children alike. It can be even more stressful after a divorce. Therefore, it may be a good idea to spend the last few days of summer vacation to create goals for students both inside and outside the classroom. While grades are important, Georgia parents should also help their children focus on developing as people.

Examples of goals to set include gaining work experience or learning how to develop relationships. Parents should work with their kids to identify challenges in achieving those goals and how they can help overcome them. Both parents should work together to determine how to pay for expenses related to a child’s education. Those expenses could include paying to attend a dance or paying for a babysitter when a child is sick and out of school.

Ideally, both parents will adopt similar rules and expectations for their child. However, if this is not possible, parents should focus on creating clear guidelines for when a child is in their home. Doing so can make it easier for a child to develop good learning habits today that can help them become self-sufficient in the future. When creating these guidelines, parents should remember that the goal is to help their children instead of winning an argument.

Generally, the strength of a parent-child relationship after a divorce will determine if a child grows up to be a self-sufficient adult. Therefore, it is important that both parents are involved in a child’s life after a marriage ends. However, this may result in conflict as it relates to the rules and expectations each parent places on a child. An attorney may help to resolve those conflicts.