You and your husband just made it through the summer taking care of the kids while being separated. For the most part, your co-parenting plan worked. There were a few tense moments and schedule mix-ups, but you feel like things went well overall. Of course, you and your future-ex-husband did not have to spend a lot of time together or have too many issues when it came to the coordination your kids' summer vacation time. However, now that the school year is starting in Birmingham and you moving forward with the divorce process, things are about to change.
There is nothing quite as special as the bond between a grandparent and grandchild. While people often say grandparenting is all the fun with none of the work, the truth is that the love for a grandchild is often deeper, and distinct, from the love for one's child. Some have even described it as love squared.
Divorce is hard on everyone involved, and it's important to do whatever you can to help your children through this difficult time.
The familiar preflight ritual contains a word of wise counsel: put on your own air mask first, the announcement says, before trying to help another person.