Shared Parenting Tips for the Summer
If you share custody of your children, summer break is one of the best times of the year to spend quality time with your children. As you’re making plans this summer, it’s important that parents sit down to make sure that everything goes smoothly and your children have the best time possible.
- Understand the terms of your parenting plan: Depending on your situation, you may need to either give consent, or receive consent to go on vacation with your child. If this is the case, you may need to give or receive consent at least 30 days in advance of your plans, as well as details about how and when you will get in touch and check in.
- Put together a plan that best suits your children’s needs: No matter what, the most important thing to do is make sure that your children’s needs are kept at the forefront of any plans. This is their summer vacation, and it’s your job as parents to make sure they get to take advantage of it how they want to. The best way to make sure that your plans go off without a hitch is to communicate come up with a plan that works best for everyone.
- Keep everyone in the loop: Make sure you don’t surprise anyone with plans without giving them some warning first. Even if a surprise opportunity comes up, it’s important to let them know before setting anything in motion to prevent conflicts and unnecessary tension.
- Don’t hide relevant information: If you’re planning on taking your children somewhere for an extended period of time, make sure you provide you a detailed travel itinerary including contact information, details about the location you’ll be staying at, the dates you’ll be away, and information about times that it may be difficult to reach you so they don’t get worried.
Deciding on summer activities your whole family can enjoy isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but here in Colorado you’ll never be left wanting for options. We’ve put together a short list of fun options if you’re looking for some alternatives to hiking through the beautiful mountains and trails in the area – this is by no means a complete list, and your local community is sure to have even more great options available for you to enjoy.
- Dead Sea Scrolls: History buffs, head on over to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to check out authentic Dead Sea Scrolls. These ancient manuscripts include Biblical documents dating back more than 2,000 years will be on display through September 3.
- Union Station Buskerfest: The Plaza at Union Station will be transformed into one big busker festival, featuring jugglers, face painting, musicians, fire performers, and more! This free event runs from August 10 through August 12.
- Colorado Black Arts Festival: City Park will be filled with music, dance, art, and more from July 13 through July 15 for the 32nd annual Colorado Black Art Festival. Local and national performers will showcase their talents over the three days on three different stages, including jazz musicians, blues artists, traditional African dancers, and more.
- Sounds of Summer Concert Series: Who doesn’t love live music and delicious food? Check out this concert series at the Englewood Civic Center Amphitheater where you can listen to music and grab some food from one of the several food truck options through July 26.
- Monday Movies: If you’re looking for a fun daytime activity for your younger children, check out the Monday Movies event at the Englewood Public Library! The library is putting on a different movie every Monday at 1 p.m. as part of the Library's Summer Reading Program, now through August 6.
- KidStage Family Nights: Head on down to the CityCenter Englewood Amphitheater Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. for KidStage Family Nights, a free performance event going on every Tuesday except July 3 through July 31.
- Evergreen Jazz Festival: Whether your family is already into jazz or if you’re looking for the right opportunity to introduce it to your children, the Evergreen Jazz Festival is the perfect place for you! Boogie on down to any of the five venues from July 27 through July 29 to enjoy bands from all across the country.
- Evergreen Fine Arts Festival: If you’re in the mood for some classy outdoor fun, check out the Evergreen Fine Arts Festival in the Creative District! More than 100 artists, musicians, food trucks and more will be gathering at the Hiwan Homestead Museum on August 25 and 26 for the 52nd iteration of this event.
- Where’s Waldo Evergreen: Waldo is hiding around 25 different local businesses throughout Evergreen this summer, so grab you “Find Waldo Local in Evergreen!” passport and head on out to collect all stamps! Collecting at least 20 of these stamps or store signatures will enter you for a grand prize drawing at 4 p.m. on July 31.
Every one of us here at The Harris Law Firm is a proud supporter of our local communities, and we know just how special it can be to share in the local fun with your children and loved ones. If you’re looking for some support to help you through your legal issues, our Colorado family law attorneys are ready to hear your story and work with you to secure the legal outcome you need. Give us a call at (303) 622-5502 to speak with one of our attorneys over the phone today, or send us your information through our online form to set up a private consultation with a member of our firm.