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How to make virtual visitation engaging

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2024 | Child Custody

If you are now co-parenting a minor child with your ex, you may understandably be struggling with the idea of being away from your child while they’re residing with their other parent. No matter how your parenting time is split, time away from each other can be tough for you and your child alike.

Thankfully, integrating virtual visitation terms into your parenting plan can be very helpful in this regard. Virtual visitation arrangements can allow you to leverage technology to better maintain the connection between yourself and your child when they’re away and your co-parent and your child when they are with you.

Virtual visitation is a great opportunity to connect. However, if you and your co-parent aren’t proactive about the ways in which you engage, you could find yourself twiddling your thumbs and wondering what to do beyond asking your child how school is going. Incorporating interactive activities into virtual visits can significantly enhance engagement.

Activities that can be shared virtually

When it’s your turn for a virtual visit, you and your child can read stories together, play online games or engage in shared hobbies that can be conducted over video calls. For example, both of you can work on the same craft project simultaneously, sharing your progress and providing feedback to each other. This approach will not only keep you both engaged but also foster a sense of togetherness despite the physical separation.

Educational activities can also be incorporated into virtual visits to make them both fun and beneficial for your child’s development. You can choose educational apps or websites to explore together, work on homework or conduct simple science experiments.

Other ways to stay close when you’re not together

Lastly, leveraging technology to share everyday moments can make a significant difference in maintaining a strong bond. You can send photos, videos or voice messages throughout the day to share experiences, thoughts, or just to say hello.

Being away from your child for any length of time can be tough. If you utilize virtual visitation opportunities and do what you can to keep them engaging, however, you can make the most out of your circumstances. You may want to add virtual visitation to your parenting to plan to help ensure that these visits will occur regardless of what’s going on between you and your co-parent.