Experiencing the first holidays after divorce is a challenging situation for parents. However, imagine how this experience feels through the eyes of a child. The holiday season places a large emphasis on your children’s experiences, such as opening presents, seeing relatives, and other life-long memories. If your kids just navigated divorce, their first holiday season will feel different to them.
Simon, O'Brien, & Knapp wants to emphasize that as a parent, there are things you can do to ease your children into the holiday season and make it positive.
Always Make Your Children Top Priority
While co-parenting right after divorce presents new challenges, it is a necessity for putting your children first. It might be tempting to say negative things about your ex-spouse or just to ignore them altogether, but this will not allow you to put your children and their needs first. Take a step back and revisit what is most important to them.
Another way to prioritize your children is to involve them in creating traditions. Ask them about what they would like to do during the holidays, providing them with the chance to disclose their wishes and needs. You can help them feel more excited about the upcoming holidays by involving them in the planning process.
Celebrate In Different Ways
While it may be a tradition to spend the whole day together as a family, this may not be possible for co-parents after divorce. However, there are other options for celebrating the holidays to help your kids feel joyful and supported. Simon, O'Brien, & Knapp understands the unique challenges that come with celebrating the holidays post-divorce, and we will work with you to create a plan that fits your and your children’s needs.
Know Simon, O'Brien, & Knapp is Here
Parenting and custody during the holidays can present stress and challenges for some co-parents. That’s why Simon, O'Brien, & Knapp is here to support you through the process. If you encounter challenges during the season, contact us for assistance today!
Contact us today for help with your parenting plan by calling us at (973) 604-2224.