Most parents want to spend as much time as they can with their children. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. Some adults who are going through a divorce have something going on that makes the court think the children need to have supervised visits with a parent.
It can make your heart drop if you find out that your children will only be able to see you when someone is supervising your interactions with them. While it’s not ideal, you can take steps to make the most of these visits.
Have a positive attitude
Your main focus during these visits should be spending time with your children. You shouldn’t ever let the fact that they’re supervised stop you from enjoying the kids. Having a positive attitude shows the children that they can make the most of a difficult situation. It also shows them that you really appreciate any time you can spend with them.
Prepare for each visit
Think about things you can do with the children at the visit. This might mean coloring or playing a board game. Finding activities to do together can build memories that you’ll cherish for a long time.
Having supervised visits as part of the parenting plan isn’t ever easy, but you can try to use the time with your children to build a lasting relationship. Be sure you understand the schedule and any other points that are covered in the plan so you can comply with them. It’s possible that supervised visits may turn into unsupervised ones eventually. This can necessitate a modification to the parenting plan. Just remember that this plan must always be written with the child’s best interests in mind.