“I’m like a nomad. I live out of a box,” joked one of my high school friends, while packing-up some clothes. For almost a decade she had switched weekly between her parents’ homes and, while routine, it was inconvenient. Enter: the bird’s nest co-parenting trend.
The bird’s nest is as the name implies: The kids stay in the nest — the family home — and the parents come and go to care for the children. The goal, ultimately, is to provide the children of divorcing parents with a consistent base and protect them from some of the upheaval and inconvenience that a split inevitably causes. As usual, these noble intentions do not always align with the reality of the arrangement.