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Keeping virtual visitation sessions engaging

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2024 | Parenting

Virtual visitation is increasingly utilized as a resource for co-parents who want to maintain strong, meaningful connections with their children, regardless of physical distances.

Keeping these sessions engaging for both older and younger children requires creativity, flexibility and a little planning. Following are several tips that can help you to better ensure that your virtual visitation time remains a positive and enriching experience for all involved.

For younger children

Younger kids frequently engage with the world via storytelling. If you have young children, consider reading their favorite stories with enthusiasm. Use digital books with illustrations to make the storytelling more vivid. You can even create stories together, with your child suggesting what happens next.

You can also encourage your child to show you a toy, craft or something new they’ve learned. You can play online games or interactive apps designed for children can make your time together fun and educational. And you can take advantage of online resources to go on virtual tours of zoos, museums or aquariums. These sessions can be both educational and a way to explore new places together, (hopefully) sparking curiosity and conversation.

For older kids and teens

Older kids and teens generally long – however subconsciously – to be seen and appreciated for who they are. If you have older kids, consider identifying activities you both enjoy, such as watching a particular TV series, reading the same book or playing an online game together.

You can also offer assistance with homework or projects, use your time to plan in-person outings or vacations and otherwise actively participate in their life experiences. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll want to create a safe space for them to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Listen actively and offer guidance when asked.

Regardless of the age of your children, the key to engaging virtual visitation sessions is to stay present, showing genuine interest in their lives.