It is likely that, particularly at the beginning of the divorce process, you will need some separation from your ex. You and your ex may have hard feelings toward each other, or perhaps you may just need some space to think.
However, giving your children as much stability during this time is also paramount. This conundrum is why many divorcing families are turning to “nesting.” According to NBC News, “nesting” is a living situation where the children remain in the family home while the adults come in and out on shifts.
Where does the name come from?
The term “nesting” is such because the parents are mimicking the movement of parent birds. The “baby birds” stay in the nest while the parents flit in and out, caring for them.
What are the benefits?
Nesting is a great way to get space from your ex while providing stability to your children. It is likely that you do not have plans yet for your life after divorce. However, making rash decisions at the beginning is unwise. Nesting is a great way to allow your children to stay in the same home, attend the same school and sleep in the same bedroom while you and your ex make these hard decisions.
In the event that you must sell your family home, nesting is a first step that will allow your kids to get used to both parents not being in the same place at the same time.
Divorce is hard, but nesting can make it easier for some families. You will have plenty of time to make good decisions for yourself and your family with this method.