SCHOOL’S OUT! (now what?) – enforcing boundaries for the children

Those among us who are under the age of eighteen are enthusiastically careening toward the first week of June when freedom shall once again reign supreme. The school year ends and summer begins….officially. However, for the parents of these freed, tweeting, over-digitalized, virtual gamers, a space-time rift (known as a black hole) forms. So, in an effort to help maintain the real-time presence of being a “parent”, here are a few tips:

  1. Electricity is necessary to power all digital devices (including an iPhone);
  2. The digital devices eventually find their way home;
  3. There is electricity at home;
  4. Electricity costs money and flows in a current;
  5. The current can be interrupted………….. permanently;
    • option one – have the child’s room established as a separate billing address by FP&L, or
    • option two – go “off grid”;
  6. Once the current is interrupted – communication can be restored.

These above suggestions may save the lives of many unsuspecting parents.

However, in the event that more extreme measures are necessary, there are multiple locations throughout the Appalachian Mountains, the Poconos, or even the Everglades where there are no cell towers, Wi-Fi units, DSL lines, Cable, batteries, or even hot showers. These locations are called “camps”. Arrangements can be made prior to the conclusion of the school year for immediate transportation of the children to and from these “camps”. Most “camps” convene for the duration of the summer. Should your child require persuasion to attend, they can be lured onto any waiting camp bus with the sound of the “angry birds” soundtrack.

Being a parent requires collaboration– whether a parent is married, divorced, or single. Children are quite capable of attempting to emotionally or physically manipulate circumstances to get what they want. Children need to know that they are loved, and that there are limits to what is permissible and what is not. If both parents are available, both parents should actively be involved in drawing and enforcing boundaries for the children. Divorce should never be the excuse for failing to establish boundaries.

If you have questions about how to successfully parent in a divorce, paternity, or other court proceeding, please contact me at: lhudson@hudsonfamilylaw.com, or at (561)472-0805.

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