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Try to build memories even during supervised visits

Some child custody orders are less than ideal for one of the parents. The court can't consider what is best for the parents. Instead, the court has to focus on what the child needs. This is a fine line to walk, but it is necessary to protect the children.

In some cases, the court will order supervised visitation for the children. This is a disheartening situation for the parent who is being watched, but there are some ways that you can make the most of the time you do get to spend with your children.

Before the session, make sure that you prepare yourself. You need to be emotionally ready to devote yourself to your children during the limited time you have with them. If your children are younger, you might consider bringing special toys or games so that you can have fun with your child.

The focus of these visits should be quality time with your child. It is easy to focus on the fact that someone is there with you, but don't let that person take your focus off the children. Instead, build memories with them during this limited time.

You can also help your child with crafts or special projects that the child can take home. In some cases, you might want to each make a craft so that you can take the child's creation home and the child can take your creation home.

Ultimately, visits with your children are going to be what you make them. As bad as having visits supervised is, it would be even worse to let those go to waste just because of your negative feelings about the circumstances.

Source: Our Family Wizard, "Making the Most of Supervised Visitation," accessed Aug. 04, 2017

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