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How can I co-parent during the holidays?

The holiday season can be stressful for most Florida residents, regarding of their family circumstances. If you divide parenting time with your ex-spouse, the holidays may be the time of year you dread the most. Can you and your ex ever find harmony and build positive holiday memories with your kids?

Obviously, it would be easier if you and your ex got along most of the time, but this is a luxury few single parents enjoy. More often, divorced parents spend the holiday season stressing out about money for gifts, time spent with their children and – especially if it isn’t their turn to have the kids for one of the major holidays – worrying about whether their children are going to have a nice holiday.

According to FindLaw, divorced parents usually take turns having the kids for major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas or Hanukkah. Often, one parent can have the kids on Christmas Eve, and they go to the other parent’s home by Christmas morning. Whether this is the plan you follow, or your kids will miss an important holiday with you this year, you might improve your chances of having a joyful holiday season with the children in the following ways:

  • Set aside a different day to celebrate Thanksgiving or open presents with your children.
  • Consider inviting your ex to the festivities, if you are both open to the idea.
  • Start new holiday traditions that can relieve painful memories for your children and build new ones.

While you may know that it’s important to put the children first during the holiday season, it’s understandable to feel sad this time of year. When you focus on creating happy memories and enjoying these special moments with your children, everyone may have a better time.

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