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Visitation Schedules for Teenagers and School Age Children - Spending More Time With Your Child

April 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 337

When you create a visitation schedule for your teenager or school age child, you should start with deciding which days and times your child is going to be with each of you. Older children have school, so you will need to work around their school schedules when creating the visitation schedule. You will also need to accommodate the rest of your child's schedule. Karate lessons, dance class, baseball practice-activities like these will interfere with your visitation schedule.

If a child's activity happens to cut into visitation time, you should add on the missing time to the end of the visit. After all, these activities aren't mandatory. Ultimately, it is the parents who decide whether or not a child is able to participate in extra-curricular activities. One parent shouldn't have his or her parenting time decreased simply because the other parent decided to sign the child up for soccer when soccer practice happens to cut into the other parent's time.

Being flexible with the schedule is important but it is also important to make sure that your child isn't so overwhelmed with activities that he or she doesn't have any time left for family. It is perfectly acceptable to tell a child "no" and to deny a request. They may pout and give you some attitude, but they'll get over it, especially if you remain firm and stick to your decision.

The older your child is, the busier they will become. A sixteen year old is typically far busier than a thirteen year old is because with age comes maturity and independence. There are many things that might take up all of your child's time. Besides sports and other activities, part-time jobs and school events, it is your child's friends that will most likely use up the majority of his or her free time.

A great way to keep your child at home is to allow your child to entertain friends at home. If your child has a friend sleep over, you will at least be able to spend some time with him or her, even if you are adding an additional person to the equation. When you open your home to your child's friends, you are allowing your child to incorporate that friendship into family time.

Letting your child have friends over also gives you the opportunity to get to know his or her friends. This will allow you to be able to judge the personal attributes of each friend so you have a good sense of the character of each friend.

You wouldn't want your child going on a camping trip with that kid that has a rotten attitude, swears, and steals. You may consider allowing your child to spend a weekend with the child who is polite, respectful, and well-mannered. Spending time with your child's friends gives you a perspective you would otherwise not have.

If you can establish a routine and block out certain periods of time that are exclusively reserved for "family time", you should be able to find some balance in your child's "life" and your family time. You can still be patient and flexible while executing a visitation schedule for your teenager that works for you and your child.

Kelly Turner is an advocate for children's custody rights. Kelly recommends Custody X Change to parents who need help creating visitation schedules for school age children or teenagers.

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