One of the hardest parts of getting a divorce is how you’ll split your parenting time. It can be even more difficult if you have to participate in supervised visitation because of one or more issues that have transpired. Supervised visitation is a process that is supposed to protect the children from high-risk situations and ensure they are in a safe environment. The supervised environment will allow you to have access to your child and support the relationship you two have together while ensuring each party is safe.

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Five Tips For Making The Most Out Of Visitation

Supervised visitation can be the results of a child custody proceeding that was distressing. It can be difficult to be in a forced supervised visitation because you might feel like you’re being punished. However, it’s important to remember that it’s only a temporary situation and with good visits, you can begin to move in a direction without having supervision to spend time with your kids. In today’s blog, we’ll be going over how you can make the most out of your supervised visitation. It’s important that you remember each of these tips when you begin your visitations because you don’t want to spoil your chances. Additionally, keep in mind that while it can boil up some frustrating feelings, this is about your children and your ability to spend time with them.

Stay Upbeat

As we mentioned, it can be difficult to be upbeat about being in this type of situation. No one wants to be supervised when they are with their kids. They are your kids, after all. However, supervised visitations are imperative to ensuring the environment is safe for your kids. By staying upbeat and positive, you’ll keep your eye on your goal. The goal being unsupervised visitations with your kids. To do this, you’ll need to remember that the supervisor isn’t the enemy and he or she is just doing their job. If you cooperate and follow instructions, then you’ll be able to take advantage of the situation to do what it takes to move to unsupervised visits with your children.

Plan Accordingly

When you have a supervised visitation, it’s important that you have a plan for what you’re going to do. You’ll want to engage the children and keep them active so that they enjoy the time at your home. If all you want to do is watch TV and be miserable about your situation, then your kids aren’t going to have a good time. Come up with a plan that will ensure they have an enjoyable time and will want to come back. If you’re lucky to not have to go to a supervised center or the home of your ex-partner, then you’ll have free reign on what you can do. Go to the library and get some books or purchase a game or two to play. If the supervisor is a mobile one, then go out and enjoy the zoo or get some ice-cream. If you want to learn some things, then go to a museum or go to story time at the library.

Watch What You Say

Going back to maintaining a positive attitude, you’re going to want to watch what you say while your children and the supervisor is there. By watching what you say, you’ll be able to maintain a better image in front of the supervisor and your children. It’s best that you avoid using profanity, but it’s even more important to never say anything ill about the other parent. Additionally, if the other parent is seeing another person, then avoid saying anything bad about them as well. Children have big ears and if they hear you complain about your ex-partner, then word could back to the other parent. Not only can it hurt your supervised visits, it can also harm your child’s view of your parents.

Be Aware Of The Situation

Another tip we strongly advise you follow when preparing for your supervised visitation is that you’re aware of the situation. You don’t only want to make sure that your child is going to have a good time, but you’ll want to ensure that the groundwork that you lay down is optimal for future unsupervised visits. If you’re on your best behavior and you do everything possible to ensure your child has a good time, then the supervised visits can quickly become unsupervised. By showing that you care and you’re dedicated to your child’s happiness, the supervisor will see this. Make sure that you are aware of each person who is in your home during the visit. Additionally, you’ll want to clean up, be well dressed, and be timely.

Be Patient

Lastly, you’re going to want to be patient. Unsupervised visits take time to get used to. You’ll need to keep calm when you’re dealing with these types of visits because they can be very detrimental to the future visits with your kids. While you may feel frustrated or feel negative about the situation, by taking a step back and reminding yourself that it’s only temporary, it will remind you that eventually, you’ll have a positive outcome. A combination of patience and putting a brave face on will help carry you toward the desired outcome.

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