If you’re a single parent who has recently received the right to visit with your child, there’s a chance that you have never served as the primary caretaker of your son or daughter — or maybe you’ve never actually spent a full day alone with him or her without your spouse present. If that’s the case, your newly received child visitation rights may come with a few question marks regarding the following question: How can I make the most of my limited time with my kids?
Strategies for enjoying your time with your kids
There are so many ways that you can enjoy your time with your kids. Literally, the options are endless and you might want to simply use your creativity and talk with your children to come up with ideas. If you’re at a loss for ideas, here are a few activities to get you started off on the right track.
Spend a day at the library: In the modern day of internet and constant stimulation from video games, parents often forget about the fun of going to the library. It may even feel like a novel and fun idea for your children, who can peruse an infinite supply of books. Head over to your local library, sit yourself down in the children’s section and pick out a few books to read while you’re there. You might even want to check a couple out to bring home with you.
Play board games and card games: Playing monopoly, checkers, Life, Candyland, cards, Uno or chess is a great way to spend a day with your kids. Before you know it, you will be laughing and the time will fly by faster than you want it to.
Cook a meal together: Children are used to their parents making them all of their meals, but small children can learn the steps to simple meals. You can also take the opportunity to teach them kitchen safety while you’re at it. It’s always good to empower your children, and cooking a meal together will make for a great day. Start by opening a cookbook. Let your kids select a meal, then head to the market and buy the supplies before coming back home to prepare something delicious.
The most important thing is to spend time with your kids
Parents who haven’t secured child visitation rights are missing out on important contact with their children. The time parents spend with their children is such a benefit to the children that it’s definitely worth a legal fight to try and get it. If you need help navigating a child custody matter, or if you’re trying to obtain visitation rights, learn more about New Jersey child custody laws now.