You and your ex have gone your separate ways and the divorce is finally concluded. A custody arrangement has been put in place and you’re excited to see the kids.
However, you’re a little apprehensive because you’re not sure how they are coping with it all. Is there anything you can do to help? Outlined below are a few ideas and activities that you may want to try during your time together.
It doesn’t need to be expensive
There is nothing wrong with wanting to spoil your kids — buying them new toys and games and taking them on outings. However, there’s also no need to break the bank. Many parents feel the need to buy the affection of the kids post-divorce.. What matters most is spending quality time with them and engaging in activities that you can do together.
Finding out how they are coping
If you have younger children, then an adult conversation obviously isn’t going to be appropriate. Nonetheless, there are ways you can gain insight into how they are feeling. It can be useful for young children to represent their emotions through drawing pictures. Why not give it a try and ask them to draw a picture that shows how they are feeling? You can even draw with them.
Don’t shy away from their questions
If your children are a little older, then they are bound to have some questions. Your first instinct may be to ignore these and change the subject. However, it’s important for kids to get answers, and these can be found through age-appropriate conversations.
It can take time to adjust to life after divorce but it’s important to remember that you and your children can still thrive. If you have any questions regarding your legal rights as a parent, then make sure you seek some experienced guidance.