Balance flexibility and promptness. Try to be on time when your children are being picked up or returned. It lets your kids know that visitation is a priority to you. It is also important to be flexible about traffic, play dates and illness. This will relieve some of the stress of transitions for your children.
Make visitation time parenting time. Resist the impulse to be a Disneyland Dad (or mom) by cramming your kids' time full of treats, outings and special events. Don't over-schedule your children. Your kids need time to just be with you and to talk with you while you can really listen. Kids respond to rules and responsibility, and it makes your space feel more like home.
Make your home their home. Get to know your neighbors and help your children make friends. Set a loose schedule so your children know what to expect. Use checklists, or separate sets of clothes and toiletries, to make sure they have what they need in both places they live.
Make age-appropriate schedules. Toddlers and teenagers have different needs. Do the research and make sure your visitation schedule or parenting plan is meeting the emotional needs of your child's current developmental stage.
Include extended family. Try to fit in visits to grandparents and other extended family so your child stays in touch.
Respect your former spouse. Let your former spouse know about changes in your schedule and travel plans or if a new babysitter or romantic interest will be with your kids while they are with you. Communicate where you will be while you have the children and decide together how emergencies should be handled.