Four Ways to Connect More with Your Kids During and After Divorce
Carlsbad, CA – If you’re going through a divorce and have children, this time can be seemingly impossible. However, it’s helpful to find ways to bond with your kids during and after this process. While you know your children best, below are some helpful tips to help you make the most of this time.
Help Your Community
If you and your child are understandably feeling depressed or angry about your current situation, perhaps volunteering in your community can help. Seeing those in vulnerable situations can offer a bit of perspective. Nowadays, you can even find volunteering resource guides for parents. Some places that often need an extra hand include:
- Animal shelters
- Litter pickup
- Nature center or local park
- Soup kitchens or food banks
Go on a Parent-Child Date
Especially if you have more than one child, one-on-one time with each child can help with self-esteem and adjustment. Tailor your “date” to your child’s interests. Perhaps you can do the traditional dinner-and-a-movie. Maybe your child would enjoy a visit to the local arcade or tennis court. If possible, allow time to talk with your child in a fairly private setting. You might be surprised by your child’s insight, or see other ways you can work together to make the divorce progress more smoothly.
Take a Trip… Anywhere
Even if you don’t have a lot of disposable income at this time, you can still take a day (or weekend) trip with your children. Staycations are increasingly popular these days, where you tour your own city and find exciting things to do. The opportunities are virtually limitless: go visit a local museum (often free for children); hike a trail at your local park; see a concert or sporting event. Websites like LivingSocial can connect you with events in your area. Taking a staycation can be an inexpensive way to allow you and your child to bond during this difficult time.
Try Something New
Perhaps you and your child could make a bucket list of things you’d like to do while you’re able. Together, you can try anything from a cooking class to a painting night to a fishing trip. Sites and apps like Groupon offer discounts on popular events and the deals are local to your city.
The Bottom Line
“No matter what you choose to do,” says San Marcos divorce attorney John Griffith, “be sure you have adequate time to talk with your children. Maintaining a good relationship with your kids will help all of you with the divorce. While it won’t be easy, at least you’re showing your children you’ll be there for them.”
Schedule a free consultation with the experienced team at Griffith, Young, and Lass today. These family law attorneys can help you with your divorce, custody, and child support needs.
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