Celebrating the holiday season can be stressful, especially if you’re navigating it as a co-parent after divorce. We’re continually reminded that the holidays are a time for families to be together, which can add to the seasonal anxiety for families of divorce. Family time is important to everyone, especially time with extended family–an opportunity that might only come several times a year.
Creating a plan with your ex for holiday expectations can help alleviate potential conflict and reduce the amount of stress you and your kids might experience.
The first holiday after the divorce is typically the most challenging. It’s a time of adjustment and parents and kids alike will be trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Extra effort invested in a plan will be worthwhile to keep the conflict at bay. Here are some things to keep in mind:
A solid holiday parenting plan might address important details like time arrangements and special activities, but first and foremost, it puts the kids first. Children will thrive when given the opportunity to build holiday memories with both parents and their extended family without the potential conflict.