Co-parenting during the holiday season can be stressful, especially if you and your ex-spouse don’t know how to approach this new dynamic in your relationship. Luckily, there are steps you can follow to ensure that, as parents, you guys do the best you can to make this holiday a wonderful experience for your children.
Children's and Parenting Issues after Divorce
Let’s face it, it’s a challenge for parents to create new traditions and devise a plan to survive the holidays. For the recently divorced parent, the holidays can be an emotional, stressful, and perhaps a lonely time of year – especially if they don’t have new traditions and support systems in place.
Talking to some teens about anything, let alone their parents’ impending divorce, can be challenging and, quite honestly, daunting. Your teen will likely have many questions, some of which you may be unable to answer.
Just because you and your ex-spouse are no longer together doesn’t mean you can’t co-parent peacefully during the holiday season. There are many ways divorced parents can make the holidays memorable for their children.
Navigating your first (or second, or third) Thanksgiving after divorce will require some extra effort, but that extra effort will be worth it. These six tips will help you get through – and maybe even enjoy – the holiday.
Some of this is old news, some may be new to you. Each one of these is a challenge unto itself, but effective parenting, meaning you, can be the overriding factor in making or breaking your child’s adjustment.
“Nesting”, the term is often used to describe a situation where the children remain in the marital home (“nesting home”) and the divorced or separated parents individually alternate their time living in the nesting home.
Some parents dread Halloween worrying about fighting with their ex, splitting time with them, or missing out on Halloween altogether if it isn’t their year.
An experienced child custody lawyer should be consulted immediately if you are going through a divorce or are an unmarried mother who feels her parental rights are being threatened.
Some divorced parents are irrational, unreasonable, and unable to keep their children out of the middle of the conflict they have with their co-parent – and they tend to ramp up their bad behavior on holidays. Here’s how to handle your ex during Thanksgiving.