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Supervised visitation isn't ideal but it can be memory-filled

Some child custody cases end up having supervised visitation between one parent and the children. As the parent who has to go through the supervised visits, you might be feeling a bit apprehensive. It is easy to fall into the realm of thinking that supervised visits aren't going to be fun at all. With proper planning, you might find that the situation isn't as negative as it might seem.

One thing to remember when it comes to supervised visits is that you will set the tone for the visit. If you are smiling and happy, your children will likely feed off of that and follow suit. In many cases, the person who is supervising the visit will be present but he or she won't be involved in the interactions between you and your children.

The location of the visit has a lot to do with what is possible. If it takes place in a location that has toys or play equipment, don't just sit back and watch your children. Instead, enjoy playing with them. This can help make the memories that you and your children will remember fondly.

Be sure that you keep your expectations to something reasonable. Your children are going through a major life change and might be struggling with that some. While you should try to make these visits as joyful as possible, there is a chance that the children might be a little standoffish.

Even if the visits are challenging for you, don't cancel unless you have good reason and give appropriate notice. Any visit with a parent, even if it is supervised, plays an important role in your child's stability, development and ability to thrive.

Source: Our Family Wizard, "5 Ideas for Supervised Visitation," accessed May 18, 2018

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