It’s important to communicate well at all times during your co-parenting arrangements, but especially so during Christmas. Once you have a plan in place about the time share, communicate it well to your children and explain to your family how things will work this year.
2.Make a Plan Early
Start early in talking to your ex-partner about how the time share will work. It’s important to discuss who will spend time on Christmas day, boxing day and any other important times during the season. If you find it difficult to come to an agreement you can always be assisted in coming to an agreement by using dispute resolution/mediation.
3. Stay Enthusiastic!
Christmas is an exciting time for your children. Try and stay positive for them and encourage them to enjoy the time they have with you and your ex-partner. Focus on the special moments you have with your child during Christmas but don’t diminish the experiences they have with their other parent.
4. Don’t Compete
Rushing out to buy the biggest, most expensive present isn’t always the best thing – and don’t feel pressured to either. Try not to compete with the other parent at Christmas time because children will be aware of this tension.
5. Take Care of Yourself
It’s okay to feel overwhelmed by the Christmas period, but look for someone to talk to if you’re having a tough time and make time for yourself to unwind.