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Children Moving Between Two Households

Ellie M. McCann, Extension Educator — Family Resiliency

Revised October 2009; reviewed January 2012.

If you have children who are living or moving between two households, there are things for you to consider to help make the transition smoother. For instance, understanding their temperament and how they deal with change impacts how you as a parent should react and respond during transition times. Which of these three types fits your children’s personalities?

Your children may show anxiety before going to the other parent's home. Realize their anxiety is probably due to a new routine. Keeping your children's temperament in mind, look at these tips for helping your children transition to the new routine:

To help support relationships with both parents, you may also be interested in Creating a Parenting Plan.

Related resources

Creating a Parenting Plan — Parenting plans are essential tools for coparents in keeping their children’s best interests at heart after a family transition. Get tools, like We agree: Creating a parenting plan, and guidance on creating a parenting plan for your own family. Some resources in Spanish.

Grandparents and Kin Raising Children — Review some of the more common problems that occur when grandparents or kin raise children. Resources are available to help families in this situation.

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