The last post discussed how there are certain factors that help a child be more resilient in the event of separation or divorce. One major protective factor is the occurrence of adequate involvement and competent parenting of the noncustodial parent. The quality of the time spent is much more relevant than quantity. In fact, children of noncustodial parents who are supportive, set limits, who communicate at a personal level, practice effective discipline, and are academically involved, may have higher academic performance. They may also adjust in a healthier and less traumatizing manner. When a noncustodial parent is highly involved in all activities, it can reduce the risk of children being affected negatively by the separation or divorce.
Depending on your custody agreement, you may be concerned with whether or not you can make a difference in the lives of your child in the time you have. It is important to remember that your children will care more about how meaningful your time together is, not necessarily the amount of time.
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