The first holiday season after divorce can be challenging, especially if you have children. Making positive memories during this time can help with the adjustment that comes with the end of a marriage.
A few things might make the holiday season more enjoyable for everyone involved. Thinking about what’s truly important is a good place to start so you know where you want to focus.
1. Try out new traditions
Traditions that you had when you were married might not be possible now. Instead of trying to keep up with these, think about some new traditions to start. Talk to the children to find out what they want to try. You don’t have to think only about only activities that are intricate or expensive. Instead, consider things like hot chocolate while watching Christmas movies.
2. Focus on the positive
Spending part of the holiday season without your children might be challenging. Try to focus on making the most of your time with them. Turning that time into a positive experience benefits you and the children as you embark on the new way of life.
3. Include self-care
The holidays can be a stressful time. Planning for self-care during the season gives you something to look forward to. Think about things that can help you relax and feel refreshed.
Review the parenting time schedule so you know when you’ll have the children. You and your ex may need to adjust it some, depending on when family members will be in from out of town. Remember to do what’s best for the children so they can enjoy their holiday season.