Just Starting Overnight Timesharing/Visitation? Here Are Some Ideas to Make Your Child Feel at Home.By DADvocacy™ | July 16, 2015
Starting overnights in a new bedroom in a new home can be easier and more fun for your child or children by engaging them in decorating their space and making sure you to stock up on their necessities and favorites.
- For their bedroom: Take them shopping before overnights begin to pick out their bedding and towels. If there is no time, go with their favorite movie, animal, or color to get started and let them choose special pillow cases or stuffed animals when time allows. Put up a corkboard or use washi tape, which doesn’t leave marks or pull up paint (and is colorful), to hang their artwork on the walls. Make it an afternoon project to gather art supplies and make decorations together.
- Can the layout of the room be adjusted? Let them decide where the bed and dresser should be. If you can paint the room let them choose the color. If not, a removable boarder can help personalize a new white bedroom.
- If they are little and use a nightlight try to purchase a duplicate of the one in their other bedroom to help familiarize the room. If they are older they will have homework and need a space to complete it and keep their supplies. Ask them or their teachers what they might need and have a designated homework drawer where they know they can find it. No one wants to run out at 9 p.m. to get colored pencils. Basics might include plain and lined paper, pencils, pens, colored pencils, a sharpener, a ruler, or a stapler.
- Your child does not need to move a life’s worth of belongings from home to home every few days or every week. Make it easy on them by having the necessities in duplicate at both homes. For the bathroom this means at a minimum: their favorite brands of toothbrush and paste, shampoo and conditioner, hairbrush or comb and hair elastics or clips, and for older children: razors and shaving cream, deodorant, and feminine supplies (daughters are often embarrassed to ask dad about this. If you have a good relationship with mom, ask her for the preferred brand name).
- Have school uniforms, sneakers, sandals, pajamas, loungewear, underwear, shirts, coats, sweaters, shorts, pants, and any clothing they will need for religious services in their room for them so they are not carrying a suitcase to school.
- Older children probably do not need special kitchen items, but little ones can. Stock up on their preferred bottles or sippy cups, a highchair, and any child size tableware or dishes ahead of their stay.
- Having some of their favorite toys or board games to play together can make their afterschool and before bed time more fun.
- For the times you leave home you will want your own car seat or booster seat and perhaps a stroller or baby carrier.
- Snacks, snacks and more snacks. Things that they love, but nutritious required fruits and grains, too.
- Lastly, a laminated check list that stays in their overnight bag makes sure things do not go missing in the transition from home to home. And a favorite stuffed animal or blanket can help ease a child in a new space.
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