A calendar made by a California mom to coordinate how her daughter splits time between two households is having viral moment on TikTok.
Kinsey Morlang, mom to Dylann, 5 and Killian, 2, said she co-parents great with Dylann’s father. Since Dylann is a visual learner, Morlang wanted to create something that simplifies how the weekly schedule works.
“I found that when she’d ask, ‘When will I see Dad again?’ and I’d say, ‘[In] two days.’ Or ‘One day,’ she just wasn’t grasping it,” Morlang, a resident of Chino, told “Good Morning America.” “It planted a seed in my head and I said, ‘OK, I’m going to color code.'”
Morlang used a white board calendar and assigned a color for each house.
The colors change when Dylann will be staying with her mom or dad and red dots indicate that she’ll be leaving and going to a new place.
“She loves it and it’s given her a sense of control in her life,” Morlang said. “She’s no long fearful of transitions and it’s been great.”
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Morlang shared her hack on TikTok, where many parents praised her for the tip on helping kids understand the concept of time.
Morlang said she plans on sharing a copy of Dylann’s schedule with her teacher.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says keeping communication open is one key component for successful co-parenting. Read more tips from the AAP on how parents in two-household families can better work together.
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