Even in divorce, the holidays can still be bright for your children.
- Model good cheer. Your cheerful attitude will reduce your children’s stress.
- Simplify. Reduce obligations. Over-scheduled children feel more anxious.
- Prepare them. Let your children know their visitation schedule in advance.
- Be the grown-up. Don’t show anxiety about being alone—they shouldn’t have to worry about you.
- Start new traditions. If old traditions conflict with a visitation or are too expensive, replace them with new traditions.
- Accommodate your former spouse’s visitation. Be flexible with your own plans.
- Help your children celebrate with the other parent. Shop for the other parent’s gift with your children, and encourage their excitement about seeing the other parent.
- Give time over money. Avoid competing on gifts; quality time makes great holiday memories.
Put your children first, and model generosity of spirit. These things make the holidays happy for your children, and for you.