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Tips for single parents without custody.

Single parents without custody need to work at maintaining relationships with their children. It’s easy to drop out of your children’s lives because being a single, non-custody parent is hard. Please don’t do it. You are always, no matter what, their parent.

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Noncustody single parents should plan fun activities but should also leave some time for relaxing together. This gives  children an opportunity to open up with their noncustody, single parent.

Single Parents: Non-Custody

Non-Custody Single Parent
Maintaining Relationships
By Jan Wilson

Regular phone calls, letters, and an occasional small gift   help build your relationship and establish continuity as does leaving some space, even if it is only as small as a drawer, for each child.

You will be amazed at how they treasure this spot. It is almost always the first place they look when they arrive at your home.

 

Single parents without custody need to work at maintaining relationships with their children. It’s easy to drop out of your children’s lives because being a non-custody parent is hard. Please don’t do it. You are always, no matter what, their parent.

 

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Plan fun activities but leave some time for relaxing together. This gives your children an opportunity to open up with you.

Whenever possible, allow children to help you plan your time together. This builds your relationship as well as adding to their enjoyment of activities.

Avoid parental conflicts in front of your children.

Limit the presence of other adults on your visits whenever possible.

When you seldom see your children, it is easy to allow them to do as  they  please.  Remember that  routines  and  rules  establish stability in their newly unstable world.

It’s easy to drop out of your children’s lives because being a non-custody parent is hard.

Please don’t do it. You are always, no matter what, their parent.

Your involvement in their lives proves to them that they are worthwhile. Infrequent and unreliable contact is another blow to their diminished self-esteem.

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