Navigating Co-Parenting During the Holidays: Tips for a Smooth Journey

The holiday season is a special time for families, but for co-parents, it can be a time filled with unique challenges. Approaching the holidays with thoughtful planning and open communication is essential whether you’re newly separated or have been co-parenting for years, as it can become an opportunity to create positive memories for your children. Here are some tips to navigate co-parenting during the Christmas season:

  1. Sync School Calendars for Bonus Parenting Time
    One way to increase your parenting time during or leading up to the holidays is to sync your kids’ school calendar with your co-parent. By extending an invitation to participate in school events, such as holiday fundraisers or Christmas concerts, you can create bonus parenting time that strengthens your bond with your child.

  2. Early Discussions for a Stress-Free Schedule
    Initiating a discussion with your co-parent well in advance can help reduce stress and ensure a smooth holiday season for everyone involved. By being flexible and generous with your parenting time, you can create a schedule that works for both parents and children. It’s crucial to keep in mind that the holidays should be about spending time with loved ones, not fighting over parenting time.

  3. Create New Traditions
    If the thought of your children spending a holiday with your ex-partner feels challenging, consider scheduling a repeat celebration on a different day. This approach provides an opportunity to establish new family traditions and make every moment special. Decorating the tree, baking cookies, or watching holiday movies can all become cherished memories that your child will treasure for years to come. Remember, kids are flexible and adapt! Celebrating Christmas on Boxing Day or another Day over the Holidays might become a new “second Christmas” tradition they learn to treasure.

  4. Excitement Building Calendar
    Foster excitement about the upcoming holiday schedule by creating a fun laminated calendar for your little ones. This visual aid helps children understand and look forward to their time with each parent. Marking off the days until they see their other parents can help ease the transition and build anticipation for the upcoming visit.

  5. Self Care and Quality Time
    Utilize the time when your children are at their other parent’s home to focus on self-care and engage in activities with family and friends. Plan events that bring joy and relaxation, contributing to a positive mindset. Whether it’s going to the spa, trying a new hobby, or catching up with friends, make sure to prioritize your own well-being during the holidays.

  6. Prioritize Decisions for the Kids

    When making decisions about the holiday schedule and parenting time, always keep the best interests of your children in mind. By prioritizing their well-being, you lay the foundation for a harmonious co-parenting relationship. Remember, the holidays are about creating memories and traditions that your children will remember for a lifetime.

Navigating co-parenting can be a challenging and emotional journey, it is important to remember that you are not alone and there is support available. If you are struggling to navigate co-parenting and need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at Gemmill, Johnston and Jeffries. 

Our team of experts is here to provide you with the support and guidance you need. We understand the complexities of co-parenting and are dedicated to helping you find solutions that work for you and your family. 

Contact us today and take the first step towards a more positive co-parenting experience over the Holidays!