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How to have a blast on child visitation day with your 3-year-old

Imagine you have child custody rights after a long legal battle. Your child is still just a toddler and this weekend is going to be the first time he is coming to stay with you. What kind of activities do you plan to enjoy together? If you're a seasoned parent, you probably know exactly what kinds of things a toddler likes to do, but if it's your first rodeo you might not have a clue.

Here are a few ideas for your first day with your son or daughter:

Exploration time: Give your toddler an object and let him explore it, touch it, feel it, taste it and smell it. Just go with the flow and see where it leads. Give him something else and he'll probably be just as curious and interested. Talk about the object and name it. Go outside and explore the random things you discover there.

Don't make a plan: The key phrase is "go with the flow." If you try to make a planned activity, it probably won't work out when your child is only a toddler.

After playing with something: Make sure you leave it around so your toddler can pick it up on another day and look at it again.

Choose clean objects: You better believe whatever you give your toddler is probably going to go in his mouth, so make sure that whatever you're playing with is clean.

It sounds simple, doesn't it? Spending time with a toddler is as simple as that. If he's a talker, he'll probably ask you a million questions. Answer them as best you can. Remember, it's the fact you're spending time and bonding in your own way that is the most important part of all this, so - if your child visitation rights are being challenged - make sure you defend them by any means necessary.

Source: preschoolrainbow.org, "Preschool Home Activities for Parents and Young Children," accessed March 30, 2018

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