As the year 2016 draws to a close, think about what significant events have occurred throughout the year — in your life, your children’s lives, and in the state of your family. Get the kids of creating a “time capsule.” A time capsule can be made from an empty tennis ball container or similar type […]Read More
Now is a good time to get your children started on making their New Year’s Resolutions. Of course, many of us adults tend to make the same resolutions every year — lose weight, work less, finish that class, clean out that spare room — and we promptly break them by mid-January. But children may treat […]Read More
If you have the kids on New Year’s Eve, plan a kids party at your house or attend one somewhere else.
Parents often fight so aggressively over who has the children for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day that they forget the value of having the children on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. If you have the children on New Year’s Eve this year, get them involved early in planning a New Year’s Eve party. […]Read More
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! If you’re having a family gathering for the holidays, be sure that the children have have received a crash course in guest etiquette. Make sure they know their table manners. If somebody gives them a lousy gift — or perhaps a toy or a book they already have — teach […]Read More
Get the kids involved in making holiday gifts at your home — a custody strategy, not just a nice gesture.
Take advantage of the upcoming holidays, and get your kids busy making gifts. Not just buying gifts…but rather, making them. Get the children invested in the holiday spirit by turning their rooms into Santa’s workshop. Producing gifts at your home is much more than generating holiday cheer. It’s a strategy to strengthen the children’s ties […]Read More
One of the valuable lessons of the holiday season is the virtue of gift-giving. Children should learn about the pleasures of giving holiday cards and gifts to their loved ones. This important seasonal ritual can get lost (or confused) when kids are divided between two households, or when they have half-brothers and half-sisters at one […]Read More
Shopping for the kids? Be careful. If you’re embroiled in an ongoing child custody dispute, holiday gifts can be a source of great confusion and tactical warfare. Consider, for example, the non-custodial parent who buys a new bicycle for his son. The gift is given to the boy when he visits with his father on […]Read More
Imagine this situation: Suzy, a 14-year-old, stays out with her friends well beyond the local town curfew. She is escorted home at 2:00 a.m. by a local police officer. She is drunk. Her mother, the custodial parent, is infuriated. “You’re grounded, young lady,” she declares. And she means it! Except for one problem…. The next […]Read More
Often, a child custody case is so contentious that parents fight over every little detail. So this piece of advice may seem contrary to common practice. But trust me on this one: It’s not a bad idea, every once in a while, if the parent with primary physical custody of the child (the custodial parent) […]Read More
Planning to travel out of town for the holidays? If so, don’t pass up the opportunity to gather some useful evidence along the way. If you’re embroiled in a child custody fight, an out-of-town trip with the kids is a prime chance to collect “exhibits” that can be used in your case. For example, if […]Read More