The last blog post opened dialog regarding parenting time during the holiday season. Since there can be added stress during the holidays for everyone, especially for families of divorce, it is important to make a concerted effort to cooperate for the sake of the children. Ensuring that this time of year goes smoothly is not an easy task, but it is possible have a memorable time. Here a few things to consider:
Dealing with Grief and Loss: The holidays may make you sad or miss the time when you were a family. This is especially true for the first year alone.
Making Decisions: The holidays come with so many decisions that need to be made. Parents can determine what will happen in advance, which might be difficult because other people in your lives may be unsure of their own plans until the last minute.
Negotiating Changes: Everything changes with divorce, and this can include the way the holidays work. Old traditions might be forgotten and new ones may be introduced. When parents re-marry, it can create even more changes.
Spending Time Together: This is, after all, the most important part of the holidays. Making sure that each parent has ample time may be difficult because each parent will likely have their own vision of how they want the day to go. It is very important to find the balance.
Each of those aspects of the holidays are key to making sure you can enjoy a drama-free holiday with as little stress as possible. It is important for parents to consider working together and allowing the involvement of the other parent. Ronald Allen Johnston believes that both parents should have valuable time with their children. Click here to read about divorce in Beaverton OR.