High-conflict co-parenting takes a toll on the children and co-parents involved, but reaching a fair parenting plan can help improve these relationships.
Show compassion for your kids if they seem stressed or worried about presents, holiday schedules, or other issues. Assure them that you will help them to navigate through rocky patches and that it’s normal to feel stressed during the holidays.
A more comprehensive and detailed parenting plan will help parents avoid future battles so that parenting disagreements will not escalate into conflicts. Like a peace treaty, a good parenting plan cannot anticipate every possible conflict, but it can identify likely issues and provide a roadmap for handling issues that are not easily resolved.