with dad ending on Mondays
Once your child
hits school-aged, many parents fall into the routine where
the "weekend" doesn't actually end until he or she
drops the child off at school in the morning. This is becoming
a more and more popular option, particularly if both parents
live relatively close to the school.
By ending the weekend
with school on Monday morning, it is a lot easier on the child
(and parent) if they leave each other by going to school,
rather than being dropped off back at the other parent's house
on Sunday evening. Sunday evening drop offs tend to be painful
for both the child and parent, particularly if they will not
see each other in person until the following weekend.
It is important
to stick with routine. For example, the weekend parent will
need to make sure that on Sunday night, homework is checked,
a lunch is packed, and any other last minute duties in preparation
for school the next day are done.
You should also
make a point of dropping of your child's weekend bag at the
other parent's house, and picking up the weekend bag on Friday.
This will save your child the ordeal of having to drag their
life back and forth between school and the other parent's
Some parents who
get along even share household keys, so they can quickly and
safely drop off their child's bag. Or they will have a pre-arranged
meeting place, or choose another drop off location where theft
is unlikely to occur (on the back porch, or a storage shed