As parents, you want what is best for your child. You want a stable home environment free of conflict and stressors, which is unfortunately hard to come by when it comes to divorce scenarios.
However, bird nesting works as a potential way to keep your child comfortable and in a stable environment while also giving you and your co-parent time and space to heal.
Giving your child stability
NBC News discusses the stable home life bird nesting provides to kids of divorce. Bird nesting takes its name from the animal, which allows the baby bird to remain within the nest until it is old enough to fly. The parents will care for it in shifts, returning to the nest to feed and clean the baby.
Similarly, in situations of child custody, nesting involves allowing the child to remain permanently at the family home. Instead of them going from house to house in accordance with custody arrangements, parents will move in and out of the house instead. For example, your co-parent might have the weekends in the home and you have the weekdays.
Handling “off-duty” days
Of course, you will need additional living space outside of the family home to stay during your “off-duty” days. Many people in nesting situations choose to get a small apartment or temporarily stay with friends or family until a more permanent situation gets worked out.
Though couples often use nesting as an in-between step during the divorce, it is possible to turn it into a permanent situation if it works well for your family. If it does not, you can simply switch to something else.