Festive top tips for parenting over Christmas
Co-parenting during the holidays, especially Christmas, can be challenging for separated or divorced parents. Here are some top tips to help make the festive season easier for everyone involved:
Plan in Advance: Make plans well in advance and consider the children's wishes.
Communication and Compromise: Effective communication and compromise are key to successful co-parenting during Christmas. If you are finding this difficult consider using one of the many technical app’s and websites aimed at helping parents, such as “Our Family Wizard”.
Share the Christmas: Find ways to share the Christmas period between both parents, allowing each to have special time with the children. Agree how you are going to share the main festive days – Christmas eve through to Boxing Day.
Consider a Fake Christmas: Some parents consider celebrating Christmas on a different day to ensure that no one is left out and the children benefit from two separate days of celebrations.
Be Flexible: While good planning is important, maintain some degree of flexibility for smooth co-parenting during the holidays.
Coordinate Gifts: Coordinate gift-giving with the other parent and establish guidelines for the number and type of gifts to avoid excess and duplication.
Set a Good Example: Be an excellent communicator and stay in the holiday spirit to set a positive example for the children.
Remember, co-parenting during the holidays requires effort and understanding, but with effective communication and a focus on the children's well-being, it is possible to create a positive and memorable festive season for everyone involved.
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