Many co-parents find that the holidays can be a struggle. Even when co-parents come to an agreement regarding holiday parenting time, it can be difficult when your children cannot join you for each holiday celebration.
Routine and communication are both key to avoid confusion and resentment when navigating holiday parenting time. It is important to establish a holiday routine, whether that is the children spend time with one parent every Thanksgiving and with the other parent every Christmas, or whether the children alternate each year. This is beneficial to both the children and the parents to know what to expect each year. In addition, it will make scheduling celebrations much easier.
Co-parents should also focus on respectful communication during the holidays. Shared calendars are a useful tool to keep the other parent in the loop for upcoming events. When negotiating with the other parent to ensure the children can be present at significant holiday events, remember that compromise can lead to both parents’ benefit.