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Tips for Planning Holiday Visitation with Your Child

It’s almost that time of the year again. The holiday season’s about to roll in again. That means a lot of free time for the kids. For some people, that also means holiday visitation time’s about to come. If you’re one of those people, chances are you still might be figuring out what to do. Well, if you still have no idea what you’re going to do, don’t worry. We’ve got a few tips for you that might help you out. Just keep reading on.

Plan, Plan, Plan

This might already be obvious, but sometimes people tend to forget the obvious. If you’re not one of those people, it’s still good to reiterate it to emphasize how important this is. The best way to make the most out of holiday visitations with your child is to plan it out. Make sure you have the dates set and all the details ironed out. They don’t have to be incredibly detailed, but at least just make sure you have some idea of what you want to do with your child. That way, you don’t waste so much time trying to figure out what to do when you’re already there. Plus, it gives both of you something to look forward to.

Think of the Children

Holiday visitations should be centered on your child. We understand that you miss your child and that you haven’t seen them in so long, but just remember that this is more for them than it is for you. When planning out what to do, remember to keep your child in mind. Do things you know they’ll love. If you aren’t sure what they are or just want an update on what they’re into at present, you can always talk to them. We’re sure you want to do a bunch of things you’d like as well, and that’s okay. But just remember to put your focus on your child. After all, seeing them happy should make you happy too.

Don’t Overdo It

Before you end up stressing yourself on trying to make it the best time for them ever, don’t. As much as you want to make it memorable, you don’t have to overdo it. Just keep it simple and sweet. Whatever happens, as long as they enjoy their time with you, you’ll know you did good. So, don’t try so hard. Great memories don’t have to cost a fortune.

Whatever it is you choose to do with your children during visitation time, just make sure you focus on them and do your best as a parent to spend quality time with them. It doesn’t have to be so hard. And it shouldn’t. Just keep your kids in mind when you plan, and things will be fine.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at

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