So you've worked hard in court to obtain the child custody rights you deserve, and now you'll have your children with you every other weekend. The problem is, you've been living without kids for so long you're not sure how to spend time with them.
During your child visitation days, it's important to remember that you're the parent -- not the entertainment device. What's most important is that you're there for your kids and willing to spend quality time with them. That being said, there is virtually an unlimited number of things you can do to pass the time in a way that creates beautiful memories and supports the development of your children.
Ideas for child visitation activities
Make sure you get creative and talk with your kids about excellent ways to pass the time. You might also want to get started with one of the following activities, and if these don't look like fun, there are countless more activities do with your kids:
Go to the zoo: Children and adults love the zoo. It activates the mind and imagination while expanding your child's knowledge of the world. It's also incredibly fun to see the animals, pet the goats and -- depending on your zoo -- maybe even ride an elephant!
Make some snacks: The best part about making snacks with your child is that you can send him or her home with a bunch of snacks that you made together. Your child can pack them into a school lunch and enjoy them -- while staying connected with you -- throughout the week. Plus, the process of making any kind of food item is educational and empowering for your child. Perhaps it will be a snack that your child continues to make for the rest of his or her life.
Go on an outdoors adventure: Hop in the car and drive to a natural park or outdoor location for a hike. Go exploring in the wilderness for a day. Educational experts say that children who spend time outdoors benefit immensely, as it calms their mind and nerves and it even helps them learn in school. It has similar benefits for you, and it's a great way to pass the time with your child.
First things first: Get the child visitation rights you deserve
As mentioned before, the most important element in visiting with your children is the fact that you get to see them and spend time with them in the first place. If you're having trouble getting the child custody and/or visitation rights you desire. Learn more about your legal rights under Texas family laws immediately.