The holiday season is fast approaching. If you have kids, you have experienced the pressure to ensure that they have the best formative memories during these times. However, this can be difficult to accomplish as a single parent. That’s why Rech Law, P.C. has tips and tricks for successful co-parenting this holiday season.
1. Put the Kids First
Put yourself in your kids’ shoes and consider what they might want. Visiting family members is essential, but having multiple gatherings in one day might overwhelm them. You could even ask them what works best for them, providing them a sense of autonomy in the situation. Relaxing and enjoying the day is what is important for them.
2. Plan in Advance
Planning for the holiday season and co-parenting schedule should occur way in advance. However, there are occasions where divorce occurs close to the holidays, meaning that you don’t have as much time to schedule. Even if there is a parenting plan in place, this will change over time. As your child gets older, they will also want to spend time with their friends during the holidays, creating new scheduling challenges as parents. Consider what traditions are most important to you and your family, and plan around those.
3. Remain Flexible
Flexibility is crucial to successful co-parenting during the holidays. Maybe your child’s friend group has decided to throw a party, or grandma and grandpa have surprised you with a visit. These situations will warrant flexibility from both parents in planning. Even if you have gone through the trouble of creating a thorough parenting plan, allowing flexibility in these times will create a smoother parenting experience for both you and your child.
4. Organize Gifts
Talk with your fellow co-parent to coordinate gifts during the holidays. This way, one parent won’t seemingly outdo the other with gift-giving. Create gift guidelines to follow, such as what presents are and are not acceptable for the kids. You can also share these guidelines with other family members so everyone is on the same page.
Co-Parenting Assistance in NC
If you and your fellow co-parent are struggling to reach an agreement, don’t fear. The Rech Law, P.C. Family Law team is experienced in a range of legal matters, from child custody to mediation. We can help you and your family succeed at co-parenting today.
Reach our team today at (704) 659-0007 for more information about successful co-parenting strategies.