The holiday season is squarely upon us. One of the chief joys of the holidays is spending time with your children. But while this time of year provides the opportunity for fun, it can also be stressful. This can be especially true for members of families of divorce. Both parents may want to spend as much time as possible with the children.
During the holidays, children may find themselves being shuttled to and fro between households, which could prove taxing. In a recent article posted on the Huffington Post, a life coach, who is also a therapist, shared the following suggestions for parents who want to make things easier for their children.
- Keep in mind that the goal is for everyone to enjoy the holidays. As such, parents should be open to discussing schedules and being willing to make compromises when necessary.
- Let the children have a say in how they want to divide their time. It might just be that they have the perspective to arrive at the best solutions for all involved.
- Parents should try to table feelings of ill will toward one another. While it is easy for acrimony to bubble up during the holidays, it is best to tamp it down for the children’s sake.
The key aspect in making these suggestions work is cooperation between parents. Having a happy holiday is certainly in the children’s best interest. This means that fathers as well as mothers should have time set aside to spend with their children. The holidays can become very lonely for a dad who is being denied his right to connect with his children.
If you are a father who is having trouble getting your ex-spouse to adhere to your visitation rights, you may wish to have the matter looked into by a Texas divorce attorney. The attorney could offer guidance and represent your interests.
Source: The Huffington Post, “3 Strategies for Negotiating Divorce, Children and the Holidays With Compassion,” Shakti Sutriasa, Dec. 9, 2014