Divorced dads sometimes struggle to stay in touch with their children. They want to be a good dad but they know their time with the kids is limited. Having regular contact with the kids when they are not with you is important for divorced dads.
It shows the kids you love and care about them and it also helps you to stay on top of what they are doing in their lives. Don’t become just a visitor to your kids; become a regular parent in their life even after divorce. Here are some tips for divorced dads.
It’s important to make regular phone calls to your children. They want to hear your voice and know that you’ve made the time to call them. Calling daily will help maintain your connection. You can catch up and talk about your days so that you know about what’s going on before your next visit.
Call at appropriate times when your children aren’t trying to do homework or eat dinner. If needed, get a cell phone for your children so that they can call you when they’d like to too. Avoid a smart phone unless you want to monitor social media accounts too.
Try to keep in touch with the kids through email, sail mail and Skype. This is a good way to stay connected. Skype works as a video chat while emails are nice when you want to send something late at night for your children to see the next day. Snail mail functions as a nice surprise that comes in the mail a few days later.
Try to play special events for the time you do have together. Sometimes making the most of your time together can make it count even more. Plan a special sports event to take the kids to or a special attraction in the city. Your kids will remember the little things too, like learning to play catch and learning a new skill.
Keep these tips in mind when you’re trying to maintain a close relationship with your kids after a divorce.