This information will help guide coParents through the planning process. This checklist for coParent planning is advised for use three times a year.

School Schedule/Summer Schedule 

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  • Planning for vacations, non-school days, holidays, camps, etc.
  • Parent/teacher conference dates
  • Before/after school care
  • Extracurricular activities (including sports, arts, groups, etc.)
  • Bedtime—ensuring adequate rest
  • Other 

Academic Concerns

  • Tutoring, testing/evaluations, or consults with educational specialists
  • Homework issues
  • Special projects for this grade level that needs parental management
  • Electives: addressing choices and managing equipment like music instruments, etc.
  • Other

Social Development

  • Discuss peer relationships and exchange contact information as needed
  • Anticipate developmental steps like starting to date
  • Any behaviors at either home that are of concern
  • Celebrate how wonderfully your child is growing
  • Other

Physical Development

  • Plan for primary care and dental care appointments
  • Other health care related issues
  • Illness concerns/management
  • Self-care progression (diet, exercise, hygiene, etc.)
  • Other 

Emotional Development

  • Self-esteem/self-confidence progression
  • Any mental health/anxiety-related concerns
  • Behavior management concerns (angry outbursts?)
  • Other 

Household Changes

  • Changes in routines
  • Anticipating a move
  • Adding new family members (new pet, roommate, partnership)
  • Extended family news that impacts children
  • Other 

About Karen Bonnell

Karen has over 25 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families facing transition, loss, stress and change. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Karen has been Board certified and licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner since 1982. She served on the faculty of University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University & Seattle Pacific University before beginning full-time private practice in 1984. She continues to be a provider of Professional Continuing Education to both health care and legal professionals.

Karen served on the Board of King County Collaborative Law and Collaborative Professionals of Washington. She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and Academy of Professional Family Mediators.

Her work is found through Unhooked Books: