The court’s definition of parent-time, also known as “visitation,” is the time the non-custodial parent spends with a child.
Personally, I’ve never liked the term “visitation.” The man I was formerly married to is more than a visitor or tourist—he was my husband once, and he is my sons’ dad.
Here on our blog, when we say “parent-time” we mean time spent with either parent—and in conversation with my boys, parent-time is simply “time with Dad” or “time with Mom.”
Generally speaking, kids feel less anxious and afraid and more secure when they know what to expect.
After divorce—when so much about life feels foreign—as our kiddos travel back and forth between two houses, posting a parent-time calendar can help minimize that feeling of being bounced around.
For parents and teens with busy schedules, there are a number of options for keeping an electronic parent-time schedule. However, a printed parent-time calendar has done a lot for our school-aged kiddos.
Posting a printed parent-time calendar allows our boys to see the week and month at a glance, and immediately know when they can expect to see their dad next. As they bring home the school calendar and activity fliers, at a glance they know where they’ll be.
A posted parent-time calendar also allows them to vocalize when they need or want to see their dad sooner than their parent-time with him.
A color-coded parent-time calendar is easy to interpret at a glance—with one color for one parent, and another color for the other parent.
We gave each day of our Parent-Time Calendar its own frame to color in, making color coding easy.
We also left plenty of usable white space for the date, daily reminders, and doodling!
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