One of the hardest things that divorced parents have to cope with is the fact that they usually won’t be able to spend as much time with their children as they like. Fortunately, a liberal virtual visitation agreement can come to the rescue, allowing both you and your co-parent to maintain and strengthen your relationship with your children, even when you cannot always be physically together.
How can you use virtual visitation in your parenting endeavors? Consider the following creative ideas and use any that may benefit your unique circumstances.
Regular video calls
Set up regular video calls using platforms like Zoom, Skype or FaceTime. This allows you and your children to see each other, share updates and maintain a visual connection.
Virtual story time
Read bedtime stories to your child through video calls. This helps maintain a sense of routine and allows you to engage in an activity together despite the physical distance.
You can assist with homework and school projects through the same virtual platforms mentioned above. This also allows you to stay involved in your child’s education on regular basis.
Set a time to have breakfast, lunch or dinner “together” with your child through video calls. This can create a sense of shared experience and connection.
Play online games or engage in virtual activities together. Numerous apps and platforms offer multiplayer games suitable for various age groups and playtime with a child of any age can help with bonding.
Participate in virtual celebrations for your child’s birthdays, holidays or special events even when you’re unable to be there in person.
Take virtual tours of museums, parks or other interesting places together. This can be especially useful if you’re traveling and your child can’t go with you.
Share and explore common hobbies through virtual means. Whether it’s drawing, cooking, or playing a musical instrument, find activities that you both enjoy and can do together online.
Establishing a consistent schedule for your virtual visitation can offer your children predictability and help them feel more secure in your relationship. Seeking legal guidance can make it easier to craft a parenting plan that includes these provisions.