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Co-parents — the holidays are just around the corner

On Behalf of | Nov 22, 2023 | Family Law |

The holiday season, while often joyful and festive, can present unique challenges for co-parenting families. Preparing for cooperative co-parenting during this time can help to better ensure a smooth and enjoyable holiday experience for both parents and children alike. 

As each family is different, each co-parent’s approach to planning for the holidays will need to reflect their distinct circumstances. With that said, the benefits of early planning can’t be stressed enough. If you are co-parenting, be aware of how close the holidays are creeping up on the calendar so that you can discuss and agree on holiday schedules well in advance in order to better avoid last-minute conflicts. 

Additional considerations

Whenever possible, maintain open and respectful communication with your co-parent. Discuss plans, expectations and any potential changes in a calm and constructive manner. Tools like shared calendars or co-parenting apps can be very helpful in coordinating schedules and keeping both parties informed.

Co-parenting is a balancing act. On the one hand, you’ll want to set clear boundaries and respect each other’s time with the children. On the other hand, flexibility is often necessary and appreciated. Generally speaking, you’ll want to be open to compromise and understanding if unexpected changes or issues arise, as the goal is to create a positive holiday experience for the children. With that said, if your co-parent is taking unreasonable advantage of your good-natured approach, you may benefit from seeking legal guidance to ask questions and clarify your rights. 

Finally, remember that it is a necessity – not a luxury – to take care of your emotional well-being. The holiday season can be stressful, and maintaining a positive attitude is crucial for successful co-parenting. Seeking support from friends, family or professionals can be beneficial if you’re struggling. It is always okay to ask for help if you need it.