Co-parenting after divorce can be stressful and awkward, and rarely more so than during the Hanukkah and Christmas holidays. That’s when tension or conflict between you and your ex-spouse threatens to undo your children’s expectations of fun and a loving environment. Divorce Magazine and www.DivorceMagazine.com, which have provided divorce information and resources for more than 18 years, understand this – and have suggestions on how to make things easier for divorced parents and their children.
“No divorcing person needs to be told how important their children are,” says Dan Couvrette, the publisher and CEO of Divorce Magazine and DivorceMagazine.com. “But every divorcing person needs to be reminded of how their words and actions can negatively or positively affect their children.”
You and your children may be worried about how this holiday season will “work”. You probably have a lot of questions right now, including:
• Which parent will have access to the children, and when?
• Are the children afraid you'll see them as “disloyal” if they have fun at your ex’s home?
• Will you or your spouse allow your bitterness or competition to infect the holiday spirit?
• Will the children miss the other parent when they are with you?
The holidays will be different than they were when you were all still living together in the same home – not better or worse, just different. Here are a few tips to make the best of your new situation:
If you are recently separated or divorced, Divorce Magazine wants to know how you plan to cope with the holidays this year. Please take a minute to vote in our Online Poll: www.DivorceMag.com/online-poll
Dan Couvrette is the founder, CEO and publisher of Divorce Magazine. He is remarried and resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with his wife. He has two adult children from his first marriage.Back to Top