Using a shared calendar for co-parenting can help streamline communication, reduce conflicts, and ensure that both parents are on the same page when it comes to their children’s schedules. Shared calendars keep important information in one central location so that both parents have real-time access.
There are a few ways to make the most out of a shared calendar in co-parenting.
Choose a calendar that is easy to use
Start by selecting a user-friendly calendar app or tool that both you and your co-parent can access easily. Eliminating barriers to access will reduce the risk of conflict.
Set clear permissions
Ensure that both parents have access and editing permissions for the shared calendar. This transparency promotes accountability and reduces misunderstandings. Establish ground rules for making changes to the calendar, such as giving advance notice for schedule adjustments.
Share important information
Include details about your child’s school activities, medical appointments and visitation schedules as part of the calendar.
Update the information regularly
Consistent updates are crucial to the effectiveness of a shared calendar. Most calendar apps offer synchronization across devices, ensuring that both parents have real-time access to the most current information.
Respect each other’s boundaries
Respect the privacy and boundaries set as part of the co-parenting agreement. Keep grievances and disputes out of the shared calendar and keep the focus on parenting responsibilities.
Research indicates that only 70% of U.S. children live in a dual-parent household. Shared calendars help to facilitate co-parenting in other parenting situations, reducing the risk of forgotten or missed information. This creates a more positive and peaceful environment for your children.