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Preparing your child for pick-ups and drop-offs during visitation

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | Family Law |

For parents in Florida who share custody, the act of moving their child from one household to another can often be challenging. This basic routine plays a crucial role in a child’s life when they’re living between two homes.

But sometimes it can inevitably evoke strong emotions, especially in children. So, as co-parents, it’s your job to make these transitions as smooth and stress-free as possible. This way, your child can associate these moments with positive emotions rather than stress or anxiety.

Make it easy for your child

While the process may be difficult at first, there are steps you can take to make your child feel more settled. Here are some ways to do that:

  1. Establish a consistent routine: Children thrive on consistency. A regular schedule for pick-ups and drop-offs can help your child know what to expect and feel more secure.
  2. Keep goodbyes brief and positive: Transitions can be harder with long, emotional goodbyes. Aim for short, positive goodbyes.
  3. Pack a transition bag: Familiar items like a favorite toy or book can make them feel comfortable during the transition.
  4. Avoid conflict during exchanges: Strive to keep the exchange conflict-free. This isn’t the time nor the place to discuss any co-parenting issues.
  5. Reassure your child: It’s important to remind your child that it’s ok to miss the other parent and that it’s normal to feel sad about leaving. Let them know that these feelings are normal and that talking about them is ok.

Change can be scary for a child, especially when it involves something as huge as moving between two homes. But, finding ways to make this change a comforting experience can ease their anxiety and help them adapt to this new routine in a more positive way.

Stressful, but necessary

With patience and some helpful strategies, pick-ups and drop-offs can become a routine part of their life. There might be bumps along the way, but it’s important to remember that they’re a necessary part of co-parenting. So, aim for peace and understanding as often as possible. However, if disagreements or challenges persist, it might be time to consider seeking a legal professional. They can provide guidance and help you explore possible adjustments to your time-sharing schedule accordingly.

Remember, it’s not about you or your co-parent. It’s about your child’s well-being and happiness. So, any adjustments you make must ultimately be with them in mind.