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Making co-parenting work during the holidays

As a parent, you want to provide your child with the best situation possible. In some instances where divorce is involved, this may prove to be tricky. However, for the sake of your child, it is important that you and your ex-spouse work through it.

Particularly during the holidays, there are a few things you can do to make co-parenting work.

Plan ahead

There are different ways to create a co-parenting plan, but in any situation, the legalized schedule should include certain critical elements. A holiday schedule is one of those elements, as it will usually be different from the daily schedule. Working together to create this from the beginning can help to avoid some conflicts in the future.

Manage your emotions

Divorce can bring about quite negative emotions, which can easily seep into the co-parenting process. However, for the sake of your child, it is important that you try to prevent this. Though you may have your own desires regarding the holidays, they may not be what is best for your child. Try to focus on the positive; enjoy the time that you do have together, make new memories and embrace new traditions. If possible, consider having a joint holiday celebration with your ex-spouse for your child. Even if it only lasts a few hours, this quality time may mean the world to your child.

Expect the unexpected

Sometimes due to certain situations and circumstances, plans may change around the holidays. You or your ex-spouse may desire more time, or may not be available. Whatever the situation, clear communication, understanding and compromise can make the circumstances work for all parties involved. 

These are just a few tips to aid in making the co-parenting process smoother during the holidays. In any case, keep the needs of your child at the forefront, and that may help you in making the best decision possible.

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