The holiday season is fast approaching, along with multiple family gatherings, school breaks and traveling.
This time of year is stressful for everyone, but it can be even more so if you are trying to navigate the holidays with your children and ex-partner. So, here are some helpful tips to help you through the holidays.
Communication is the cornerstone
Coordinating schedules can lead to conflicts. Therefore, communication is vital to successful co-parenting during the holidays. Discussions can avoid misunderstandings and disagreements. It’s best to have these conversations early to discuss plans and expectations. Avoid making assumptions and ensure you’re both on the same page.
However, while it’s important to have a plan, it’s equally essential to be flexible. Unexpected things happen, especially around the busy holiday season. Be willing to adapt and compromise if necessary. This not only reduces stress for you and your co-parent but also models good problem-solving behavior for your children.
It’s natural for everyone to feel a sense of loss over shared family traditions. This is the perfect opportunity to create new traditions with your children, such as baking cookies, finding a new favorite holiday movie or walking through the neighborhood to see the lights. New traditions can help bring joy and stability to your new holiday celebrations.
The most important factor is your children’s needs and happiness. The holidays are a magical time for them, so do your best to keep any disagreements or tensions away from them. With careful planning, you can create a joyful and memorable holiday season. Make sure your children feel loved and secure, no matter whose home they’re celebrating in.