It's that time of year again: the holidays are upon us. For parents who have shared custody/time with their children, it can be particularly challenging to ensure that traditions are kept and that the holidays remain "jolly".
Remember, there are many different ways you can approach shared custody over the holidays. Here are a few tips for easing through the holidays with your children.
1. Plan ahead for holiday activities. If you know your schedule in advance, you can plan for activities such as visiting Santa, taking holiday photos and more. Planning ahead (and letting your children know holiday plans) can help ease the transition from mom's house to dad's house.
2. Tell your children about the holiday schedule. Take time to explain to your kids what the holidays will be like. Explain how time will be split so they know what to expect and when the transition will occur.
3. Promote new traditions while being respectful of established holiday traditions. If your children have established traditions over the holidays, try to maintain those traditions. Maybe that includes making holiday cookies with grandparents or decorating the tree. Be willing to be flexible to keep these traditions for your kids.
At the same time, think about how you can create new traditions. Maybe this includes a day of decorating for the holidays at your home. Or, an evening watching holiday films and baking. There are many ways you can create new memories with your children, even when you are splitting time with an ex.
Remember to put your children's interests first and be willing to be flexible to help maintain a happy, healthy holiday season.