The Single Dad’s Role in Back to School

Back to school for single dads and their kids brings some unique challenges. If you are divorced and do not have custody of your kids, you can still be involved in your kids education and even the back to school process.

Here are a few ways you can play a role in your kids’ going back to school.

1. Communicate

Communication lines should be kept open at all times. Make sure you are communicating with your kids as well as their mother. In addition, communicate with the school and complete all the necessary paperwork giving you access to certain information and rights to attend school functions.

2. Fill in the gaps

You may have a small role in back to school shopping or a large role. Be prepared to fill in any gaps that are missing, large or small. If back to school items have been purchased, then you may put the money aside in case new items or clothing are needed later in the school year.

3. Planning and calendars

Discuss with your kids how you will help with academics. Will you have access to daily homework or assignments? Will you drop off or pick up? Discuss it all and let your kids know so they know what to expect when school starts.

4. Set up duplicate notifications

Check with the school and ask to set up separate parent accounts to access grades, attendance, and school events. This will prevent one parent from being responsible to share the information. Also get copies of vaccination records.

5. Focus on your child

If you are divorced, you may have a little or a lot of freedom to be involved depending upon the arrangements set forth in the divorce. No matter how much time you have with your child, be sure to keep your focus on your child and his best interest. Be intentional in taking advantage of any opportunities you have to be involved in back to school and throughout the school year.

Related Resources:

  • Back to School Checklist
  • How Dad Can Help Lower Back to School Stress
  • The Homeschool Dad’s Role in Back to School