The actual move from one household to another, whether it happens every few days or just certain weekends, can be a tough time for children. Every reunion with one parent is also a separation with the other. While transitions are unavoidable, there are many things you can do to help make them easier on your children.
Help children anticipate change. Remind your children when they will be leaving for the other parent’s house a day or two before the transition.
Make sure they have their favorite treasures. Depending on the child’s age, you may need to make sure they have their favorite items to take with them to the other home. For example, they may have a favorite stuffed animal or blanket.
Talk about what they’re looking forward to. While you may not be looking forward to being without your kids for a few days, it’s natural for children to be excited about seeing their parent.
Give them some space. Children often need a little time to adjust to the transition between homes. Make sure to give some space to adapt to this significant change in their life. In time, things will get back to normal.