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Navigating supervised contact with your children can be a challenging and emotional experience for parents. We have put together a list of tips for you to make the most of these interactions with your children:
- Keep your interactions child-centered. Engage in activities that you and your child like to do together. Be attentive and listen to your children.
- Focus on the opportunity to spend time with your children and build a relationship with them. Approach supervised contact visits with a positive mindset.
- Avoid discussions about any conflict between you and the other parent. Avoid conflict with the supervisor. Focus on the children and their needs.
- Ensure you speak about the other parent positively in front of the children. It is important that you promote a relationship between the other parent and the children. The supervisor wants to see you facilitating their relationship and encouraging the children.
- Demonstrate consistency in your behaviour and interactions during contact visits. This will help build trust and stability for your children.
- Keep your children safe and make sure you are attentive to them. It is important to show your parenting capacity and that you can address your children’s needs.
- Arrive on time for your scheduled visits.
- Comply with all rules and guidelines set by the supervisor or the court.
- Understand and respect the supervisor’s role. Cooperate with the supervisor and be respectful towards the contact centre staff.
- Keep note of your supervised visits. This can be helpful to demonstrate to the court your commitment and progress in supervised visits.
By approaching it with a positive attitude, adhering to guidelines, and focusing on your children’s needs, you can make the most of these interactions while working towards the possibility of less restrictive contact in the future.