The key to successful holidays while co-parenting? Planning ahead! Read below and see which of these will lessen the stress of the holidays when it comes to the kiddos.
Kiddos Come First! During the holidays, with divorce comes new traditions no matter the look of your new family. Putting the kids first and thinking of their needs regarding their feelings and security will make the best out of an already stressful situation.
Think ahead! If possible, we highly recommend working with your co-parent to organize travel plans and gifts and solidify those well in advance, so each parent has the time necessary to make adjustments. You may not have been able to agree while married, but let’s put the kids first.
Be collaborative! You might not be able to pull for all that you feel will make your holidays “perfect,” but do your very best to be flexible with your co-parent and again, keep the kiddos in mind first.
Stay cool when things get crazy! If emotions get out of hand, take a step back, consult with a trusted advisor (friend or therapist) to gain your composure, get your head back in the game and keep your goals in mind. The goal? The calmest and stress-free holiday possible.
If you’re currently in need of assistance regarding divorce, we would love to talk to you about the collaborative law process to see if it is right for you. Even if you prefer the more traditional process we can help with that too, please reach out to us at 407-403-5990.