Phone calls, text messages and email – using these forms of technology to communicate with your child is all the rage these days. Especially when you and your child don’t live in the same household anymore because of divorce.
For parents in the Lone Star State, the use of virtual visitation can be included as part of their child custody arrangements, allowing them to be more in tune with their child’s daily life and give them opportunities to see them grow and develop that, if these technologies didn’t exist, might not have been possible.
Often, our Tarrant County-area clients need help setting child custody schedules, so we’ve come up with a few ideas to make virtual visitation work for your children at any age.
Virtual Visitation by Age
The type of virtual visitation you choose to use will likely and largely depend on your child’s age group. Consider their capabilities (can they type yet?) and communication preferences (do they prefer texting to talking) when thinking about the best way for you to virtual visit your child.
Teens – Your teenager is likely pretty tech savvy. Video calls, texting and social media are normal methods of communication for them. Because of their instant nature, text messaging and emails don’t need to be scheduled, which can open up the lines of communication even more. Some teens might enjoy spending time playing interactive online computer games or video games with their parent virtually.
Elementary Age and Pre-Teen – For younger school-age children, virtual parenting time will be (and should be) more frequent. Video conferencing is a good communication tool for this age group because it enables children to engage in activities with the parent.
The parent will need to find activities to keep the child engaged. Some possibilities for virtual playtime include coloring or reading together. If your child is old enough, they may enjoy watching videos or playing games online.
Babies and Toddlers – Parents of much younger children may be able to use video calls, whether on computer or phone, to observe and interact with their child. Though babies can’t yet talk back, they can benefit from smiles, laughter and silly faces that can stimulate them and encourage familiarity with their parent. Toddlers with longer attention spans might enjoy the use of video conferencing to play games, read books, or watch cartoons together.
Help with Child Custody Arrangements in Tarrant County
Finding ways to spend enough time with your child who no longer lives in the same house as you can be tough after you’ve gone through a divorce. Virtual visitation can help you strengthen your relationship with your child by allowing you to connect with them more frequently and be more present in their life.