A schedule that worked for an elementary school age child is not going to fit a teen.
And, if you and the other parent have split during your child's teenage years, it can be difficult to devise a plan that will work for everyone involved simply because the teenage years are so difficult to parent during.
what with climbing in and out of the divorce dating pool for years.
While I highly recommend dating divorced men -- dare I admit that I've done so on two continents?
Create a Minimum Since teens schedules are busy and your and the other parent's schedules are also probably pretty packed, it's important to agree to some kind of minimum time per month with the non-custodial parent. Take turns taking your daughter to basketball practice.
For example, decide that you'll try to arrange things so that the non-custodial parent sees your child for at least four overnights per month and 4 other evenings or afternoons - this is the flexible way to fit in the "every other weekend and one night a week" plan into a busy life. Have one parent commit to teaching him how to drive.
Remember that mention of the divorced dad who swept me off my feet?
Big, But Not Big Enough The first thing to remember is that teens may look and act a lot like adults, but they aren't yet completely mature.
They still need to have two parents and they still need to have those parents involved in their lives.
He or she should have plenty of time to do the things that matters to him, but he's also got to make some room for spending time with his parents.
When you all lived in one house you probably did not tell your daughter she had to skip the field hockey game because you wanted to spend time with her.