Ensuring a Jolly Season
The holidays can be challenging for many people, but they can be especially hard for children whose parents are going through a divorce. The change in routine, the stress of seeing their parents arguing, and the thought of not spending Christmas with both of their parents can be overwhelming. If you are a parent going through a divorce, here are some tips for helping your children work through the holidays.
Try Establishing New Traditions
The holiday season is often a time for family traditions. If your family is going through a divorce, it can be difficult to maintain those traditions. It may be helpful to try and establish some new traditions with your children. This can help them feel more comfortable during the holidays and create a sense of normalcy.
Some ideas for new traditions include:
Going out to eat on Christmas Eve
Seeing a movie on Christmas Day
Making gingerbread houses
Having a pajama day
Going ice skating
Whatever you choose, make sure your children will enjoy these activities and make them happy during this tough time. Establishing new traditions can help your child feel better about what is happening.
Alter Old Traditions
Children benefit from stability after a divorce. While you may not be able to do things exactly the same as you did when you and your spouse were together, you can alter how you did certain things to give your child some stability.
For example, if your whole family was responsible for putting up holiday decorations, you can still decorate your home and maybe let your child put up the special decorations your spouse used to.
Get Help from an Attorney
The holiday season can also lend itself to challenges with shared parenting. If you are having difficulty with your former spouse and the agreement you two have about sharing time with your child, get in touch with an attorney for help.
At Friedman & Mirman Co., L.P.A., our team can help resolve parenting disputes to ensure you and your family have a happy holiday season. Learn more about how we can help with holiday parenting issues or schedule a consultation by calling (614) 412-3943 or visiting our website.