2716 Ocean Park Blvd, Suite 3075, Santa Monica, CA 90405 • Tel: 310-612-2998  •  Fax: +1-323-978-5416 © 2016 Pacific MFT

Holiday Tips for Divorced Parents

December 5, 2017

 

Holiday Tips for Divorced Families

Republished from Barry Davis Mediation, https://davismediation.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO46Y3moQLk

 

This time of year can be challenging, so I have a few simple suggestions on how to enjoy the holiday season for divorced families.

 

1. Keep the Focus on Your Children
 

How to enjoy the holiday season for divorced families? The bottom line, whether you’re married or divorced, is that being able to experience the Holiday Season through a child’s eyes is one of the best ways to really enjoy this time. And if you are focused on how to give them a fun Holiday Season, you will be less focused on the things that have changed or are missing. Think about ways you can create special times with your children, even if you don’t see them as often, and then really be present with them when you spend these times together.

Below are examples of things you can do with your children to help enjoy the Holidays as well as potentially establish new traditions:

  • Read favorite, or newly favorite, Holiday books with them. There are few things that most children love more than their parents reading to them.

  • Find a local neighborhood that really goes over the top with the lights and decorations and walk it with your kids. A thermos of hot chocolate makes it even more of a fun event.

  • Come up with presents that you can make with your children. Pinterest and other online sources have great ideas of relatively simple, homemade presents that people love making and receiving.

  • See whether there’s a tree lot where you can cut down your own tree nearby – then make an afternoon of picking out and cutting down your tree.

2. Be Flexible with How and When You Celebrate the Holidays
 

New parenting schedules and only having the children for certain dates can make the holidays even more stressful. So be flexible with how and when you celebrate rather than fixating on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For example, make a big event of going out and going shopping with your kids, picking out your Christmas tree or doing some other holiday activity that doesn’t necessarily have to be on a specific date. Or even celebrate Christmas on the morning of the 24th if you don’t have your children on the 25th – believe me, children will have a great time celebrating two Christmases.

 

3. Let the Little Things Slide
 

Getting into a big argument with your ex, or soon to be ex, is definitely not going to help get you in the Holiday Spirit so do yourself and your children a favor and try to let some things roll off your back. This is easier said than done, but coming up with a specific schedule ahead of time or even employing the services of a mediator to help you do this will help minimize the ambiguity and therefore the level of conflict.

 

4. Don’t Over-Commit
 

Of course, this is good advice for all of us whether we’re divorced or not, but it’s even more important when you’re dealing with a divorce or trying to restructure your Holidays. Spend some time thinking about what is really important to you and your children and what creates, rather than detracting from, a positive Holiday experience. Then really focus on these things and don’t worry about trying to do everything.

 

More about Barry Davis

 

Divorce Mediator, Barry Davis has been a full-time mediator since 2003 and specializes in working with divorcing couples. His passion for helping couples through this difficult time, his extensive mediation and counseling training (including two advanced degrees) and his fifteen years as a businessperson, equip him to deal with both the practical and the emotional aspects of divorce. His approach is to assist couples in working though their specific issues as constructively as possible by helping them minimize negative tactics, emphasize productive ways to make decisions and focus on the big picture (such as the best interests of the children and/or not wasting a couple’s entire net worth on a costly court battle). By utilizing a multi-faceted approach that includes identifying the couple’s true issues and concerns, facilitating productive communication and educating the couple concerning possible outcomes, Barry has been able to achieve success in the majority of meditations he facilitates.

 

Republished from Barry Davis Mediation, https://davismediation.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO46Y3moQLk

 

To find out more about Pacific MFT Network and the services we offer, please visit our website, www.pacificmft.com.

Pacific Marriage and Family Therapy Network provides children, teens, adults of all ages, couples, and families with quality psychotherapy that gets results.  We have several therapists on staff that have several different modalities of work, specializations and expertise.  We can help clients experiencing anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, troubled relationships, addiction, eating disorders, stress, anger management, prenatal bonding, trauma, domestic violence, performance, whole life fitness, ADD/ADHD, autism, learning differences, religious crisis/struggles, LGBTQ issues, social skills, couples/marital, pre-marital, dating, break up recovery, parenting children, parenting teens, social anxiety, self esteem, substance use, panic, stress relief, cancer recovery, pre-surgical wellness, post-surgical wellness, disordered eating, postpartum depression, careers, grief & loss, divorce, co-parenting, childhood trauma, childhood behavior management, work & life balance, fatherhood, codependancy, or any other mental health issue. Pacific MFT Network is a professional network of highly skilled licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Interns that are committed to empowering a sense of self in our clients and helping them live the life they want. We do so by creating a relationship that is based on genuine care and concern, non-judgment, and support. Our mission is to help you help yourself live a happier and more satisfying life. 

 

Main Office 310-612-2998

www.pacificmft.com

office@pacificmft.com

1230 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 300  Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

2716 Ocean Park Blvd, Suite 3075  Santa Monica, CA 90405

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please reload

Featured Posts

Teen Girl Art Therapy Group in Manhattan Beach

April 13, 2018

1/3
Please reload

Recent Posts
Please reload

Search By Tags