Many people think of the Holiday Season as a wonderful, exciting, happy time! Often this is true. Sometimes, however, the Holidays can be challenging.
If this is your first year as a stepparent to children who have recently been through their parents’ divorce, you may be having feelings of anxiousness or anxiety. This is normal.
Today I want to give you some tips on how to handle these emotions, and how to take on your role as a first-time stepparent this Holiday Season:
- Stand United- Your new stepchildren have likely been through a lot in the past few years, so they definitely won’t benefit from seeing you and your new partner argue or disagree often. Have bones to pick with your partner? Try to keep them for private moments.
- Be Flexible- You may have traditions you have enjoyed during the Holidays, but the children will have a whole different set of traditions they are used to. Don’t worry if the children don’t want to try your traditions this year. Be flexible and open to adopting their traditions. It will make them feel more at home if they maintain some familiarity in the expression of their favorite Holiday activities.
No matter how old your stepchildren are, if you follow these simple tips, your Holiday Season could go very smoothly.