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Why do I need to enter Non-Parental time? (viewed 6557 times)

Keeping track of Non-Parental time is optional, but can show how much time the children are not in the direct care of either parent; often this is a substantial amount of time over the course of a month or year.

For example, if a child spends 6 hours a day in school, that's over 1,100 hours a year (assuming a 180-day school year). This can make a dramatic difference in the reckoning of the actual distribution of time the child spends with each parent, and is most clearly shown in the Parenting Time Distribution graph.

Entering Non-Parental Time
When you create a Tracker Timeline entry you can specify Non-Parental Time using the NP Time field, shown outlined in red below:

Enter the NP Time in the form of HOURS:minutes, for example:
2:15 (2 hours, 15 minutes)
:35 (35 minutes).

As a convenience feature, the checkbox below the time field allows you to automatically apply the NP Time to each day in the record you're creating. This is easier and faster than manually going to the record for each day and adding it over and over.

For example, during a 7-day parenting time period your child may be in daycare for 5 of those days. Rather than adding NP Time manually to each day, you can automatically add it to all of the days in the period and (if needed) remove it from just the 2 days that the child wasn't in daycare.

For complete flexibility, you can also add or remove NP Time from any day(s) that you want by using the Edit or Add Notes or Flags feature for those days.

NP Time is shown on the Graphs and Statistics page as a section in the Parenting Time Distribution pie chart.

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