As a parent going through a divorce, you want what is best for your child no matter what. This is particularly true in times of duress.
You may feel torn about ways you can ease this transitional period for your child, but one way to do so is by opting for nesting.
The stability of nesting
Divorce Mag discusses nesting as a possibility in your divorcing family. Nesting gets its name from birds, as it involves allowing your child to stay in the family home without moving in the same way that a baby chick remains in the nest.
This provides your child with a sense of stability, which allows for them to go through the process of reconciling with the divorce with fewer sources of stress. They can build healthier coping mechanisms this way, as well as feel safe enough to answer questions that can help them through this difficult period.
How do you make it work?
However, it does require some important things from you and your co-parent. First, you must have the trust in one another necessary to make this work. You will not spend all of your time in the family home, so you must have faith that your belongings and such will get the respect they deserve while your spouse is home alone with your child.
Also, you need the financial means or the ability to have two separate residences. As you cannot spend all of your time in the family home, you must have a secondary location to reside when it is your co-parent’s turn. If you can manage to overcome these hurdles, you may enjoy the benefits of nesting.