The holiday season is fast approaching, and divorced parents may be feeling extra stress or pressure to make the holidays memorable. Here are three simple tips for making a difficult time of year easier for divorced families.
Have a clear visitation schedule. Do not make plans or accept invitations to events without speaking to your co-parent. A clear schedule will help you and your ex avoid miscommunication and misunderstanding, and will also keep children informed about what will be happening, when it will be happening, and who they’ll be with. It’s also a good idea to give children an opportunity to speak with their other parent on holidays. It’s a wonderful opportunity for connection and communication.
Compromise is essential to a peaceful life, let alone a peaceful holiday season. If you and your co-parent don’t agree on a holiday plan you were excited about, take a deep breath. Do your best to avoid becoming frustrated or angry. Instead, see if there’s a way you can compromise. Of course, you should check your state’s custody and visitation laws before agreeing to anything.
3. Create New Traditions
The loss of old traditions can be hard for everyone in the family. Attempting to continue old traditions may even be painful or put a damper on the holiday season. Instead, get input from your children ideas for new traditions that they may enjoy. But avoid over-doing it—the holiday season is often overwhelming, and you will all need time to rest and relax.
SupportPay Can Help
If you and your co-parent are committed to clear communication, compromise, and creating a positive experience for your children, you can navigate the holidays with as little stress as possible. And as always, SupportPay is here to provide you with resources if the need should arise. We wish you and your family a very happy holiday season.