As much as we all love the holiday season, we also know it is a busy and hectic season. The holiday season means traveling, family visits, shopping, cooking, and parties—especially if children are involved.
However, during the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is important for families to come together despite their differences and make the season as enjoyable as possible for everyone.
Time-sharing during the holidays can be a contentious issue. No one wants to miss Christmas morning with their young children, but sometimes we have to set aside our own feelings. As with any other issue, the children’s best interests should come first.
By creating a time-sharing agreement that clearly defines each parent’s holiday schedule should help lessen your angst and can even help to alleviate some of the hectic holiday stress.
Like all agreements, parenting plans and time-sharing agreements are documents that outline a schedule for each parent. For example, Dad will bring the children to Mom’s house by 1:00 p.m. on Christmas day, or Mom will make sure the children get to Dad’s by 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
While it is ALWAYS good to be flexible when working with your co-parent in following a time-sharing schedule, both parties should always be on the same page to minimize any misunderstandings.
When thinking about creating a time-sharing schedule during the holidays, you should take into consideration some or all of the following factors:
It is important not to forget that the holiday schedule laid out in your parenting plan and time-sharing agreement trumps the routine day-to-day schedule.
Most importantly, no matter how you feel about your co-parent and his or her new family, you must rise above it all to ensure your children have the best holiday season possible!
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