The holidays are a child’s favorite time of the year. Not only are they out of school and have time to relax, but they also get to spend time with friends and family. As a parent, you want to make sure that your kids make long-lasting memories. However, as a co-parent after a divorce, it can be a stressful time of year. Not only are you trying to keep your kids happy, but you also have to maintain a relationship with your co-parent.
Don’t fear. We at have tips and suggestions for successful co-parenting this holiday season.
1. Review Documents
As the holiday season approaches, make sure to review your custody order, parenting plan, or any other essential documents. After reviewing the documents, you might find that you would like to make adjustments. The sooner you find this out, the better. Make sure to contact an experienced divorce attorney to help you make any adjustments that you need. Don’t wait until the day before Christmas to make changes.
2. Communicate Openly
To make sure everyone is on the same page, reach out to your fellow co-parent to ensure they know the holiday schedule. This is also a great time to bring up any potential schedule changes that you would like to make. There are also other important things to communicate about during this time. For example, parents should set up gift guidelines and what the kids can and cannot receive.
3. Flexibility is Important
During the holidays, surprises can happen. For example, grandma and grandpa might decide to drop in randomly. Or the kids might want to spend more time with their cousins and family members. While it is essential to stick to the parenting schedule, it is also important to grant flexibility when needed. Place yourself in your kid’s shoes and remember that putting them first is most important during this time.
Folsom Divorce Attorney
If you are struggling to stay on the same page as your fellow co-parent, contact Law Office of Tiffany L. Andrews, P.C. today at (916) 794-4576. We know that co-parenting during the holidays is difficult, but we can help.