Parenting Before Parole: 15 Ways to Help Children Deal with the Incarceration of a Parent

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7. Research prison visits to make them as stress-free as possible for the child.

Prison visits can be uncomfortable and can even make visitors feel like criminals at times. When visiting a loved one do your research as to the rules specific to that prison since they all can be different. Do you have to dress a certain way?  What security measures will your child have to go through? Plan activities ahead of time so you can make the most of your visit. Check and see if toys or vending machines will be available. Talk to the child beforehand about how things will go.  ake sure to remind them that hugs may not be allowed and that the parent will not be able to leave with them. The point is to make the visit go as smootlyh as possible so you are able to focus on spending time together and not any stress added by surrounding details.

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