Co-Parenting Through The Holidays

Co-Parenting Through The Holidays

Murray County Extension Educator

The holidays are an exciting time that children and parents look forward to every year. However, for families who have recently experienced divorce, the holidays can be a difficult time for a number of reasons. For these families, many of their old family holiday traditions are changed dramatically, with routines being shifted, celebrations happening before or after the holiday date, and many emotions being stirred due to the multitude of changes. Remember during this time to not get pulled into resentment and sadness; always think of your children and how you need to do what is best for them. While it likely won’t be easy, it is definitely possible with a few helpful tips on how to make the holidays work:

Don’t make your children decide who to spend the holidays with. It should not be left up to your children to decide how time with each parent will be split during the holidays. Putting your children in the middle and letting them decide will only create discomfort for the entire family. You and your co-parent should make the decision of how time will be split during the holidays.



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