Making Summer Visits Memorable

Quality Time with Kids during DivorceWhether your custody arrangement puts the kids in your care for most of the summer months or you only have a few precious weeks with them, you (like most parents) might be trying to figure out what you can do to make the most of the warm weather while school’s out.

Even if you have to squeeze in meetings with your Charlotte divorce lawyer, work and fulfill other obligations, you can have a blast with your kids and make your time together extra-special. Get the camera: it’s time to make some memories.

Concerts, Movies and More
Charlotte is packed with family-friendly outdoor activities, like free movies in the park at Ballantyne on the third Friday of every month and Charlotte Symphony performances ($10 for adults and free for kids under 18). Just spending time together on a picnic blanket, sharing a box of popcorn and getting silly with free face painting activities can be great foundations for lasting memories with your kids.

Super-Fast Road Trips
Head down to South of the Border to enjoy kids’ rides, Reptile Lagoon and check out the view from Sombrero Tower (it’s about 2.5 hours each way from downtown Charlotte).

If snakes and lizards give you the creepy-crawlies, check out the historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville (it’ll take you a little over two hours if you’re coming from downtown Charlotte).

Inclement Weather or Budget Issues? No Problem!
There’s lots of fun waiting at the Charlotte Nature Museum, ImaginOn and the NASCAR Hall of Fame—but you can also have a great time hanging around your own house with the kids.

In fact, psychologists and pediatricians often suggest keeping high-octane activities to a minimum and capitalizing on quality time. Since you’re either in the process of or have already wrapped up your divorce, now is the perfect time to create new family traditions.

Pediatrician Harley Rotbart, M.D., recommends starting traditions like “Taco Night” that get your kids involved in the fun of making dinner with you and help open the door to dialogue. You can also let them choose board games or video games to help create an airtight bond, snuggle up for a scary movie or just take a walk together.

What Your Kids Really Need
In the big picture, all your kids really need is time with you. Set aside time where there are no distractions (and let your Charlotte divorce lawyer know your phone will be off) and just parent in whatever way works best for your family.