December 18, 2013

How To Simplify The Holidays For Divorced Parents

holiday "Peace" cardsDivorced parents face many logistical challenges as they co-parent between two homes. The holidays, although arguably a special time for families, can undoubtedly add a layer of complication and stress to what already feels like a juggling act. However, when times feel complicated, it’s usually a call to simplify–making decisions on what is truly important and letting the rest go. Here are a few tips:

  1. Create a new holiday tradition that brings you and your children joy and can mark a positive change in your lives. This is a good time to let go of former traditions that may feel more like obligations and no longer serve you and your children.
  2. Find time for quiet and stillness; instead of rushing out to the mall for one more gift, stay home and read a treasured holiday story together, work on a puzzle or create a list of “gratitudes,” helping your children focus on the abundance already in their lives.
  3. Make a special meal together. Create the menu with your children and let them take an active part in preparing the holiday meal. Don’t worry about which day the meal is served, instead make it a special event regardless of what the calendar tells you.
  4. Don’t limit your move toward simplicity to the holidays–continue these traditions into the New Year!

Elizabeth I. WrobelABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elizabeth Wrobel

Elizabeth Wrobel, JD is a partner with Wrobel & Smith, PLLP. She practices in the areas of collaborative family law and health insurance disputes. Although Elizabeth’s legal roots are in government practice, she now enjoys working directly with real people and their real-life challenges. Elizabeth’s passion for helping families is met in her collaborative law practice where she can use creative problem solving to assist families through the challenges of transition. Elizabeth understands that conflict can be expected, but how the professionals respond and guide a couple through divorce is critical in minimizing the harm.

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