We’ve made it through Thanksgiving, and now we’re in the homestretch for the rest of the holiday season! With the holidays, your social media is likely flooded with pictures of good food and happy families. If your own family is experiencing divorce or a tumultuous time, know that you are not alone.
I’d encourage you to think of your own little ones and how they are experiencing the holiday season. We know divorce is hard on the whole family, but if it’s their first year with two holidays to celebrate, there are some steps you can take to ensure your children don’t miss out on the merry season.
Stick to the parenting plan.
Your parenting plan is there for a reason and includes information about the holidays. The best way to ensure a peaceful transition is to adhere to the agreed upon commitment. Your ex will appreciate the faithfulness to the routine and your kids will appreciate the lack of animosity between their parents.
Take the high road.
The holidays are a time when kids should experience the good in the world. Putting them in the middle of arguments with your ex, comparing present sizes or costs can cause unnecessary stress now and in the long run. Do what you can to be the better person - even in scenarios where your ex is being difficult - and put your children's feelings and experiences first.
Do what is best for your family.
Every family is different. Don't compare your family's experiences to those of your friends, neighbors, and relatives. Remember that happiness is a lot easier to portray in a Facebook post than in the real world. You know your family better than anyone else, and you have the opportunity to make new and lasting traditions just for you and your children.
All in all, family comes first. Each of our families looks a little different, and that’s a good thing! Celebrate in a way that is meaningful to you and your kids, and cherish the experiences that you're making together this year.
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