Children deserve to have two reliable parents in their life. When those adults end their marriage, there’s a chance that the children might not get to see one parent as often as they’d like. This might be due to the parent or the child moving out of the area.
For a parent who’s been away from their child for a while, reconnecting becomes critical. This isn’t always an easy journey. In fact, it takes a lot of patients and work, especially if the absence was prolonged.
Use technology to your advantage
Video chats and instant messaging are good options for reconnecting with the children even when you can’t be there in person. You can do a lot of things on these, so think about what your child will like. Consider doing things like playing board games or reading a book. Sometimes, just talking might be what the child needs more than anything.
Never force interactions with your child
You shouldn’t ever force interactions between you and your child. Even though you may have a strong desire to spend as much time with the child as possible, you have to remember that they might need time to decompress in between visits with you. They may even want their other parent to remain with them some before they’re comfortable being alone with you.
One of the best things you can do is to get the child custody documentation set up. It should reflect the child’s needs now and what type of parenting time schedule can be followed. As time progresses, you can modify the terms.