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Co-parents, it’s time to talk about the holidays

On Behalf of | Dec 8, 2023 | Child Custody

Navigating the holiday season as co-parents can often feel like trying to solve a complex puzzle under a ticking clock. With the rush of festivities, managing schedules and the added emotional weight of ensuring a joyous time for your children, proactive communication becomes more crucial than ever. Yet, ironically, it’s during these busy days that finding time to talk can be most challenging.

If you haven’t yet started planning for the upcoming holidays at the end of December and the beginning of January, it’s time to consult your calendar. Although you may have been too busy to talk to your co-parent about how to handle this year’s special days and time away from school, you need to make it a priority because you are running out of time. 

Prioritize and remain flexible (when possible)

While it’s important to cover all bases, focus on prioritizing the key points in your discussions. What are the non-negotiables for each parent during the holidays? Is it a family tradition, a specific event or a particular day? Identifying these priorities can help to ensure that both parents and both sides of the family can honor what matters most to them, which can be helpful when you’re crunched for time. 

With that said, the holiday season is inherently a time of chaos and unpredictability. Approaching co-parenting with a mindset of flexibility and willingness to compromise can be a game-changer. Remember, the ultimate goal is to create a joyous and memorable holiday experience for your family. If a sudden change in plans occurs, a flexible approach can help mitigate stress and conflict.

Because the clock is ticking, stay focused, buckle down and have this conversation soon to better ensure a joyful holiday break in a few weeks.