There are many different types of children with varying needs. Some children are shy, some are adventurous, some are loud and some are quiet. Some children need to have a stable home environment that doesn't involve constant moving between their mother's and father's house, where other children seem like they'd be perfectly happy on the road in the back of a gypsy wagon.
Essentially, you need to consider your child's needs and temperament when you devise a suitable parenting plan. To get you started on the right track, here are two important considerations for all Texas parents to think about:
Your child's ability to adapt to a changing environment
If your child struggles while adapting his or her new, post-divorce reality, you might want to ensure that you create the most stable and predictable home situation possible -- at least until he or she gets a little bit older. Some children do not react well to moving back and forth between the homes of their parents and a 50-50 living arrangement simply will never work. Other children, on the other hand, will actually enjoy and thrive with a schedule like this because it offers the most amount of time possible with both parents.
When children struggle with changing environments, it's important for parents to limit the number of exchanges they have to endure, and allow the children to spend longer periods of time with both parents. Alternatively, the parents might want to consider establishing a single home for the child with one parent and offering the other parent regular and frequent visitation rights.
Your child's schedule from day to day
Another important consideration involves your child's daily schedule. It's excellent, for example, to schedule exchanges at a time when your child is already engaged in a daily transition. You might pick up your child immediately after school, or after daycare, and this is when the "parental exchange" takes place. In addition to making transitions for your child easier, this kind of exchange may also be easier for you, since you won't have to interact directly with the other parent.
Do you know how to plan your parenting schedule?
It might not be entirely clear how to organize your parenting plan, but with an eye for the future and the needs of your child (and yourself), you can set up a suitable plan that balances the needs and wishes of all parties involved.