When most parents sit down to figure out a child custody schedule during divorce, they try to fit that schedule into their own daily lives. This can be hard when they have work and many other obligations. It can lead to disagreements when parents do not see eye-to-eye on how time should be spent.
One man decided to take the opposite approach. Instead, he rearranged his own schedule so that he fit into the kids' lives.
For instance, he only had them half as often as when he was married, and he realized that he felt lonely when they were not there. It was hard to adjust to those evenings without kids in the house.
What he decided to do was change his work schedule. On the days when he does not have the kids, he works a full day, from dawn until dusk. That's much longer than the traditional eight-hour day, but it means he gets far more done.
On the days when he does have the kids, he works five hours in the middle of the day, when they're at school. This way, he's completely done when they come home, and he can spend all afternoon and evening with them.
By doing this, he maximizes the time he has with the kids and ensures that he's not bored or lonely when they aren't there. He makes the most of every minute and still balances being a father and an employee.
As you can see, it sometimes pays to think outside of the box. Make sure you consider all of your options when creating a child custody schedule.
Source: Since My Divorce, "Adapting To Shared Parenting Time After Divorce," Mandy Walker, accessed May 04, 2018