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Tips for managing Christmas arrangements when you’re a divorced or separated parent
If you’re divorced or separated with kids, your Christmas arrangements may look a little different to the ‘traditional’ family’s.
Deciding who the kids will spend time with over the Christmas period can create a lot of tension and stress if not managed carefully.
Striking a fair and harmonious agreement about Christmas arrangements often means letting go of your image of the ‘perfect Christmas’ and making new traditions instead.
We’ve put together some tips and advice for keeping Christmas arrangements as amiable and stress-free as possible.
Make plans in advance
Making plans for Christmas well in advance of December will help to avoid disappointment and extra stress during the busy festive period. It is also in the children’s best interests to know what to expect at Christmas.
Have a ‘fake Christmas’
Don’t hang all your hopes and dreams on Christmas day. Remember, it’s just a day and you can still do everything you want to do on an alternative day instead. If you’re feeling disappointed that you won’t experience the magic of Christmas eve or Christmas Day dinner with the kids this year, try recreating the events on another day when you’re all together, chances are the kids won’t object to spreading out Christmas and doing it all over again!
Prioritise the children
Remember, it’s not easy for children either and their preferences and feelings should always be the priority in your arrangements.
Make new traditions
Accept that Christmas will be different as a divorced or separated parent and embrace the change. Whilst it may be possible to continue some of your old traditions, don’t be afraid to get creative making new Christmas traditions with your children.
Keep it harmonious
No matter what form your Christmas is going to take this year, try to focus on enjoying the time you have together with your children rather than letting any disputes or bitter feelings take hold of the festive period. Try to stay positive about Christmas arrangements in front of your children to save them from getting mixed up in any disputes.
For help with divorce law, separation law or children law, get in touch with our team of family law solicitors here at Lund Bennett by calling us on 0161 927 3118.