What To Do During Your Time With Your Kids
Being a single parent isn’t easy if you’re used to having another person helping out with the kids all the time. When your separation is over and your court orders are in place, a lot of parents find themselves scratching their heads over how to spend time with the children they now have custody of. You might have to start from scratch if you didn’t really have a relationship with the child before all this. It’s not uncommon for a parent to get custody of a child due to their other parent passing away, getting put in jail or a myriad of other circumstances that make you the one taking care of the child, or you might simply be seeing them half the time throughout the week if you have a joint custody agreement with your kids’ mother or father and looking for things to do with them; this is especially true for parents who were the ones earning the money for the family instead of being at home all time. Here are some things you can do with your kids and ideas for how to help both of you grow.
- Do Something Fun. Kids need to play. If you’re looking for a way to get closer to your children, and have a little fun for yourself as well, pick an activity that interests them. If you have a son or daughter that is really into animals, go check out your local zoo, rodeo, cattle ranch etc. Children at young ages love learning about this kind of stuff too so if you go do something like this, try to get an opportunity to get a little more in depth than simply being an observer in the stands; it’s okay to get your hands dirty.
- Share One Of Your Own Passions. Your own hobbies are a great way to get closer to your kids. If you’re a dad out there with a passion for building models, collecting old antique toys, fixing cars, collecting valuable coins or playing a musical instrument, share that stuff with your kids. If they don’t take to it that’s okay too, you’ve just learned something new about what they like or don’t like. The goal here is to do something together. When we’re children the things out parents do can seem mysterious and we naturally want to know what they’re all about so children will often times do their own kind of investigations. If you’re putting together a model of the Titanic and they start asking questions about what it is, maybe it’s time for a history lesson. Children’s minds are very flexible in terms of taking in new information and learning new things. Being introduced to musical instruments, art or any other constructive hobby will influence their own interests later on and add to their lives in a positive way.
Sometimes it’s hard for parents out there to figure out what their kids are interested in, especially children that are getting closer to those teenage years. The best thing to do in cases like this is to watch them. Take mental notes about what kind of music they like to listen to. If you hear sounds of Led Zeppelin or The Beatles coming through their bedroom door, pull out that old vinyl record from the attic. If you hear them talking about specific things with their friends, do some research and partake in whatever it is with them. The bottom line is to build trust and good will between each other. Divorces and custody battles can push families apart, if this is the case for you and your family now is the time to bring everyone back in.
Read more at –> www.AboutTheChildren.org
- How To Get Joint Custody Of Your Child In Family Law (aboutthechildrenblog.com)