5 Tips for Successful Co-Parenting During the New School Year

Available for Interviews: Teddi Ann Barry

Teddy Ann Barry, Esq. is a family attorney and writer who has been serving families through divorce and custody and has been practicing family law for over twenty years, and also comes with a wealth of experience in mediation and collaborative law. She is also the author of The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Divorce in Colorado.

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Co-Parenting Tips for the New School Year:

The school year is already well underway. If you’re co-parenting, the stress may already be building when it comes to schedules, transportation, and finances, to name a few. It is paramount to try to mitigate the stress that often comes with raising a child. Good communication will solve and head0ff problems before they even present themselves.

Here are 5 essential tips for co-parenting to make the year run smoothly, happily, and resentment-free:

1) Review School Calendars
with Your Parenting Plan

Broadbrushing the school year as far as the school calendar, as well as school and personal commitments your child may have, will help to avoid conflict down the road. Whether it is sports, music lessons, or a club that the child is involved in—it’s extremely helpful when both parents know the child’s schedule so that he or she can be best supported—transportation, deadlines that need to be adhered to, or just being able to be present for a special occasion goes a long way.

2) Determine Vacation Plans Now!

Waiting until the holidays to make decisions is never advisable. Figuring out vacation plans, and as early as possible, will help to avoid conflicts and frustration (not to mention money).

3) Take Time to Meet Your Kids’
Teachers & Staff

Find out when Back-t0-School night is so both parents can have the opportunity to meet the child’s teacher(s) and learn all about the upcoming school year. If you can’t make it to that designated event, reach out to the teacher(s) individually to meet in person or talk on the phone. When parents take the time to learn about their child’s education and the expectations they help to set that child and student up for success.

4) Review the Parenting Plan
to See What’s Missing

Not reviewing the parenting plan is a recipe for disaster! When we examine the plan and everyone’s role in it, we help to mitigate the chance of problems. Maybe something important was accidentally omitted. Be sure to include everything in the parenting plan. A well-designed plan is a foundation for healthy parenting.

5) Figure Out Transportation & Logistics

We don’t want to wait until the child doesn’t have a ride home from somewhere. Know ahead of time what transportation your child may need during the school week and on weekends. It’s unnecessary stress on the child.

Being on the same page with your ex-spouse isn’t just great for your child, it’s helpful to you and your ex-spouse, and makes everyone feel happier, respected, and valued. When parents work together to support their children everyone wins.


Interview: Teddi Ann Barry

Teddi Ann Barry, Esq. is the Founder of Teddy Ann Barry, PSC., and has been an attorney for over twenty years. Other areas of law practiced are mediation and collaborative law. Teddy is based in the Cherry Creek office and practices family law exclusively. She is also the author of The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Divorce in Colorado: Get In, Get Out, Get Over It.

Teddy is a former guardian ad litem and Respondent parents’ counsel, representing the best interests of children placed in the custody of the State and the parents accused of abuse and neglect of their children by the State.

As an alumna of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska for both her undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degrees, Teddy is proud to have been educated at Creighton University which is one of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities throughout the country, that teaches, among many wonderful values, service.  I have been serving others in family law since 2000.

Teddy has been a business owner for over 17 years and continues to build a firm with experienced and well-respected professionals who can offer the highest level of client care, advocacy, skilled negotiation, and litigation if and when absolutely necessary.


Jo Allison
Managing Editor
Director of Public Relations
Success In Media, Inc.

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