As a divorced parent, you know how valuable that time with your children really is. You only get to see them so often and you want to make the most of it. You never take it for granted.
But what should you do together? How can you maximize the fun you have and create good memories in a way that really connects with your children? Below are a few ideas:
- Get outside. Go for a hike or just a walk around the block. Explore nature. Children love it, they learn a lot and it gives you a way to connect that is much better than just watching TV.
- Do crafts. Children love learning new skills. Remember that things you take for granted -- drawing, cutting paper shapes, painting, gluing -- are all new things for young kids.
- Make a meal. Cooking with slightly older children is very similar to doing crafts. It's creative, it's new and it's educational. You have to make something to eat anyway, so why not include the kids?
- Embrace imagination. Let your child pretend play and join in. It's sometimes hard for adults, as it doesn't come naturally anymore, but children really enjoy it and they will love your involvement.
- Read books together. Your kids learn valuable skills, they work on their imaginations and it gives you a low-key activity to do together so you don't feel exhausted at the end.
The key is to seek to be involved as much as you can. Don't just watch the kids. Engage with them.
At the same time, make sure you know your parental rights to ensure that you get all of the time with the children that you deserve. If you're having trouble enforcing your visitation rights, it may be time to seek some assistance.