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REGULAR PARENTING SCHEDULE
1. The children will spend one week (seven days) in the care of one parent, and the following week in the care of the other parent.
2. Transitions between the two homes will take place Friday after school. The parent receiving the children will pick them up after school. The other parent will return the children's belongings to the receiving parent on Friday morning.
3. To simplify the transitions between the homes, we want to minimize the belongings going between the homes. While the children will be free to take special belongings from one home to another, we will encourage them to have special belongings at both homes. They will have clothes and other necessities at both homes.
4. We will develop and maintain the same list of sitters for our children to provide for consistency between the two homes.
5. We will both support a healthy diet and exercise for our children.
6. We believe that it is important that the non-residential parent and children have an opportunity to spend some time together during the week when the children are residing with the other parent. We therefore agree that on Wednesday the non-residential parent will pick up the children at the bus stop or at school, have dinner with them, and return them to the other parent's home at 7:00 p.m.
7. The children are free to phone the non-residential parent any time (prior to bedtime). That parent may call the children every couple of days.
PARENTING SCHEDULE HOLIDAYS AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS
8. Changes to the schedule may be made with the agreement of both parents.
9. All holiday return times are 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise specified.
In the school year 2004 - 2005, the following will apply:
10. The children will be in the care of their father for the Thanksgiving weekend.
11. The Christmas holiday period will be divided into two parts: Week 1, and Week 2. Week 1 will be the first part of the holiday, and will include Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Week 2 is the second part of the holiday, and will include New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
12. The children will spend the first week of Christmas with their mother. The father will pick up the children on Boxing Day at noon, and they will spend the second week in the care of their father.
March School Break:
13. The March school break is defined as the period from Friday after school until two Sundays later (that is, nine days) at 5:00 p.m. before supper. The children will be in the care of their mother for the March school break.
14. Easter is defined as the period from after school on the Thursday before Easter until the following Monday at 5:00 p.m. The children will be in the care of their father for the Easter weekend.