Making virtual visitation work for both co-parents is crucial for maintaining strong parent-child relationships and promoting effective co-parenting. Yet, this is certainly easier said than done.
Arrangements that work for all must consider the needs of both co-parents and their children. These are a lot of – often competing – needs to juggle. With that said, this task can be made easier if a few rules of thumb are kept in mind.
Considerations worth keeping in mind
Co-parents should have an open and collaborative discussion to establish a communication plan for virtual visitation. Determine the frequency, duration and mode of communication that works best for both parties and the children involved. Consistency and clarity are essential in setting expectations.
Recognize that schedules and circumstances may change, requiring flexibility in virtual visitation arrangements. Co-parents should communicate promptly and transparently if adjustments need to be made. Being understanding and accommodating of each other’s commitments and availability can help create a cooperative environment.
Promoting meaningful interactions
Co-parents should encourage and support the parent-child bond during virtual visitation. Avoid interfering or interrupting unless necessary. Allow the children to have uninterrupted and private conversations with their other parent, promoting a sense of trust, autonomy and emotional connection.
Create a positive and comfortable virtual environment for the children by ensuring a stable internet connection, minimizing distractions and using appropriate technology. Encourage the use of video calls to facilitate visual connection and non-verbal communication, which can help strengthen the parent-child relationship.
In a nutshell, flexibility, cooperation and a focus on the best interests of the children are key to ensuring that virtual visitation works effectively for both co-parents and their children alike.