Preparing for a visitation can be tricky both logistically and emotionally for everyone involved. But a lot of visitation stresses can be solved with a little preparation, some positivity and respect will go a long way.
You want your kid to enjoy their time with their other parent but if you expose them to negativity about the visit it could pre-wire them to not enjoy their visit. Or worse, make them feel guilty if they have a good time.
Help mentally prepare your child for the visit
Remind your kid at least two days before the visit. This will give them a chance to process and prepare for the visitation. But remember, stay positive.
Get ready in advance
Take the time to help your child pack for their visit. If possible, each parent should have some of the basics (toothbrush, hairbrush, one set of pajamas, etc.) just in case something is ever forgotten.
Always drop off
Though it may seem small, whenever possible drop off your child with your ex instead of picking them up. This way you minimize any interruptions and allow your ex the chance to wind down the visit before bringing your kid back to you.
Always be on time
The simple act of showing up on time, or at the very least, communicating about any delays, shows your ex and your child that you respect the sanctity of their time together.
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