Exchanging the child is difficult. What do I do?

Prepare Your Child for a Good Exchange.

Clearly inform your child of exchange plans.  Transition can be difficult for children.

Talk about the transition matter-of-factly with the expectation that your child will go. You’re the parent. You’re in control.

Help your child gather items to take to the other parent’s  house. Consider giving your child a special place to put things that go back and forth. 

Make sure your child is fed (as appropriate) and dressed for the transition.

Your child should finish any chore or activity in time to have a few moments to say goodbyes and adjust emotionally for the exchange. 

Don’t sulk. It doesn’t help for your child to feel guilty that you are staying behind. Let your child know that you have plans other than brooding by the window and are going to be fine until she returns.   

Encourage your child to be friendly to the other parent during the exchange. Set the example by being friendly to the other parent during the exchange. Don’t talk badly about the other parent in front of the child.

For more information, go to http://www.circuit7.net/fcs/Child-Friendly-Exchange-Handbook.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwio_J2gv_vVAhVM0oMKHQq5B_sQFggwMAE&usg=AFQjCNHJb32dBpC5PGlq1aXf5q6h4uxa7A

If you are in Kentucky, then I’d recommend that you call my office at 502-587-1950 or 502-509-1490 to schedule a consultation if you have an agreement, parenting schedule or court order to discuss your options.

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