By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | February 7, 2013
Divorce complicates an already hectic life and can add to stress to make duties and activities even harder to deal with calmly. Planning ahead with the use of a notebook for each child can reduce some stress and conflict. The notebook could include:
- A monthly calendar with a clear schedule for the child’s current and upcoming sports, clubs, events, parties and other activities. Plans and discrepancies can be ironed out between parents ahead of time.
- The primary physician’s office telephone number, fax number, emergency number and address.
- The dentist and orthodontist address and phone number should be listed in the event of an emergency.
- Any mental health professionals’ telephone number and address.
- Current medications and schedule for taking them should be listed. The pharmacy and prescribing doctors’ phone numbers should be noted.
- School address and phone number with names of teachers and subjects taught. Copies of report cards and any notes from teachers. Current homework assignments, reports and projects.
- Sections for any current notes between parents on recent health visits or illnesses.
- Any HIPPA privacy permissions to allow either or both parents communication with their offices about their child.
- Names, addresses and phone numbers for both parents, both sets of grandparents and any other close relatives, such as aunts or uncles, who may have care of the child at any given time.
- Names, addresses and phone numbers of childcare providers for the child.
Preventing stress and conflict is the main goal of planning ahead with the use of a notebook for children. In an emergency, either parent should have the information at their fingertips to be able to access the help needed for safety and well-being of the child. Don’t wait for an emergency to learn information has changed— review at least every six months.
Do you have tips that worked for your family? We would love to hear from you.
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