4 Holiday Tips For Divorced Parents

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be a kid, so why doesn’t it always feel like that for parents? The holidays can be a time of stress and confusion for many divorced parents, especially those who got divorced within the last few years. Getting through them successfully means focusing on the children – and planning well in advance.

As we enjoy the holiday season, here are 4 tips to make the special days go by even more smoothly for divorced parents:

Plan in Advance

The key to a successful holiday season is setting expectations correctly. The key to setting expectations correctly is planning well in advance. Make sure your coparent and your children are all aware of the plan for the holidays. You don’t have to have every minute of every day planned out, but you should know who has the children on which day and where they will physically be. Make sure to get that sorted out and approved well in advance of the actual holidays.

Focus On the Children

At the end of the day, the most important thing about the holidays is the children being happy. Don’t get caught up in feelings of jealousy over gift-giving, vacations, or time spent with the other parent. Be glad that they are having a good time, and enjoy the time you get to spend with them. That’s the real reason for the season.

Take Some Time For Yourself

In the middle of the holidays, make sure to carve out some time just for yourself. You don’t always have to be entertaining, planning, or hanging out with others. Maybe read a book, watch TV, take a bath, or go for a walk – whatever you enjoy doing all on your own to get a little break.

Make New Traditions

Newly divorced families often struggle with maintaining holiday traditions that were established when everyone lived in one household. There can be a difficult feeling of “everything looking so different than normal.” Let them go and make new ones! Traditions are made by families, so make some new traditions this year. You will enjoy them every bit, if not even more, than the old ones, and soon this will feel normal.

Get the Help You Need

Getting through the holidays as a divorced parent takes intention and care, just like any other time of the year. At the end of the day, they’re all about your children having a great time – and that’s what everyone can agree on. For help with all your family and divorce needs, contact KL Family Law today! We believe in helping families move forward with compassion and integrity.

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