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Tips for Divorced Parents During the Holidays

Posted By Center for Mediated Divorce || 23-Dec-2015

As a divorced parent, you know that the holidays can be particularly tough on your children. At the same time, we at Center for Mediated Divorce understand that your children come first. It is also important to look after your needs as well, as your children will be looking to your for strength and guidance.

There are many ways you can continue enjoying the holiday season while reducing conflict. Often enough, children will feel a wide range of emotions, sometimes anger due to their situation. They may ask “why” and feel upset because their routines have been disrupted. You can try to maintain the same routines. Alternatively, you can create new traditions and new ways to celebrate the holidays.

Easing Holiday Stress

If you and your ex have a good relationship, then it might be worthwhile to celebrate the holidays together with the children. On the other hand, if you anticipate that there will be tension, then it is best not to let the children see that there exists conflict with you two.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Let your children give you input about what they would like during the holidays. They have a say in how they would like to celebrate, and it gives them far more control.
  • Plan everything well ahead in advance. If you are alternating holidays with your ex or are planning to split the day from one home to the other, communicate that with your child. It can help reduce any anxiety about the days.
  • Get your extended family members involved, especially the ones who are closest to your children. Bringing all of your loved ones together can reduce the tension tenfold.

Your family can provide you with the support that you need at this time. It is so important to take care of yourself during this time, including your health and well-being. Our Irvine divorce lawyer is always willing to listen as well and offer legal guidance and counsel to assist you.

If you would like an appointment with Center for Mediated Divorce and to meet our attorney, do not hesitate to contact us! Judith A. Williams is a first-rate divorce attorney who helps clients find compromising and reasonable solutions.

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