The holiday season is here and families are preparing their get-togethers, parties and dinners. For individuals going through a divorce or those who have recently completed their divorce proceedings, the holidays can be extra stressful. For those who have children, it can seem next to impossible to plan holiday time with your kids after a divorce.
But with a small amount of preparation and a few tips, you can ensure your children enjoy the holidays as they did before.
Navigating the Holidays After a Divorce Can Be Hard
The holidays are sometimes the source of added stress and often sadness for some individuals. If you’re recently divorced, the holidays will be a time of adjustment as you get used to your new surroundings. To properly take care of your children, you must remember to take care of yourself as well.
During this time, make sure you’re keeping your stress level as low as possible by getting adequate sleep and maintaining a healthy diet. Reach out to someone close when you need to talk. Realize that your life has changed and it’s okay to ask for help.
3 Tips for Making the Most of the Holidays
As much as you may wish the holidays away right now, there’s no stopping them when you have children. It’s important to keep up your normal routine as much as possible, making the most of the holidays like before.
Here are a few tips for managing the holidays:
- Remember to plan. Decide up front which spouse will be taking the children on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Plan for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Know your plan well in advance so there are no surprises for your children. If your kids are old enough, include them in this process by asking for their input and preferences.
- Stop the guilt. Sure, your holiday celebrations will be a bit different for a while. However, feeling guilty will only cause unnecessary stress on you and your children. Refocus your mind on holiday activities and spending time with your family.
- Consider your finances. After a divorce, finances can be tight. And gift buying can greatly impact the health of your finances. Remember that your children will often remember the experiences they have during the holidays—more so than any gift you could ever buy.
Need Help With Visitation and Parenting Time During the Holidays?
Are you struggling to make the holidays work between you and ex? Is your ex refusing to give you time with your kids, or are they avoiding taking some time with your kids? If you’re thinking “yes” to any of this and you live in Texas, call on the Law Office of V. Wayne Ward to help you navigate next steps. To learn more about how to navigate the holidays after a divorce, reach out to us!