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Tips for celebrating the holidays with your kids after divorce

The holiday season is upon us and that means celebrating with family and friends. The holidays are supposed to be a time to spread cheer, but for recently divorced couples the holiday season can create more tension and anger than joy. 

Celebrating the holidays after getting divorced can be very difficult, especially for couples who have children. Figuring out when to celebrate with your kids and extended family can be challenging, but there are ways divorced parents can make the holidays more joyful and less stressful this year. 

Are you newly divorced and worried about how this holiday season will turn out? If so, read on to learn about some tips that can help make the holidays less stressful and help resolve divorce issues

There are several considerations divorced parents should make during the holidays. Below is a list of the most important tips to follow when celebrating the holidays after your split:

  • Put your kids first: keep your child's best interests in mind when making holiday decisions and make an effort to make the holidays enjoyable for your children. 
  • Don't compete with each other: each parent should have a budget for gifts and holiday parties. Don't feel like you have to compete with each other for your child's love. 
  • Start a new tradition: find a new way to celebrate with your kids and make it a new tradition to help your kids cope with the separation.
  • Communication: try to successfully co-parent with your ex and be flexible with your schedules when possible.

Celebrating the holidays after divorce can have its challenges but following these tips should help parents create a happy and joyful holiday for their family. 

Source: Huffington Post, "10 Tips to Enjoy the Holidays Post-Divorce," Nov. 12, 2013

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