If you're looking for new things to do at home when you have custody of your kids, why not try cooking together? This is an excellent opportunity for parents and children to do something fun and creative as a team, learn something new and have a chance to talk.
Cooking can also help kids' emotional development. It can help them develop patience, responsibility, creativity, problem-solving skills and confidence.
Of course, how much you let your kids do in the kitchen depends on their ages and maturity levels. Safety, especially around hot and sharp items, is essential. So is cleanliness. Be sure you have clear rules about what they can and can't touch. It's also essential to model good behavior in these areas. This is not a "Do as I say, not as I do" situation.
You don't have to be an expert in the kitchen to cook with your kids. In fact, you can learn together. Maybe your co-parent was the one who did most of the cooking while you were married. Why not get more comfortable in the kitchen? It can save you a lot of money in takeout food as well.
If your or your spouse's work schedule has changed or will be changing during the summer, you may need to make some changes to your custody and visitation arrangements. It's always best when co-parents can be flexible and understanding about what the other is dealing with and focus on their children's well-being. Your family law attorney can help you work to seek the changes to your agreements that you need.