Mississippi Divorce Attorney Shares Helpful Tips for the Holiday Season

Whether this is your first holiday season as a person who has divorced or is divorcing, or you have been divorced for a while, it is a good idea to think ahead about what you plan to do during the holidays and what you are likely to feel as you embark upon the season. The range of emotions that you are likely to experience will be much easier to weather if they do not take you completely by surprise. You will likely find plenty of holiday cheer, but it is best not to expect that every day will be merry and bright. Here are a few things that you may find helpful at this time of year.

There may be holiday gatherings that you have enjoyed for years which will not be on your holiday calendar this year. Perhaps you enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with your spouse’s parents each year, or the two of you attended a gathering every year with a group of friends. It is only natural to miss those familiar and enjoyable traditions, and to feel some sadness that they are no longer a part of your holiday festivities. Fortunately, you are likely to have other traditions which you will still participate in, like Christmas dinner with your parents or New Year’s Eve with your cousins. There is also now room in your holiday calendar for new events. Perhaps you have found a wonderful group of new friends who have invited you to a dinner party. You may have time to plan something extra special for the kids, like going caroling or having a sledding party.

If you have children, you are likely to be following a schedule of holiday events which includes some time with the kids as well as some time when they will be in the care of their other parent, attending holiday events with them. This can be difficult to experience sometimes, because you may long for the times when all of you were together for all of the holiday events. It may take time for that feeling to subside, but you may be able to take comfort in the fact that the parenting schedule provides your kids with a holiday experience that may be largely the same as it has been in the past, which is important for them because routines and traditions create a feeling of security.

Some parents fall into the trap of trying to overcompensate for the fact that they may now have less time with their kids during the holidays than they have in the past. This can be difficult to do, because your budget may already be stretched as far as it can go. Fortunately, the things that your kids want most from you this holiday season won’t empty your wallet. Children love spending time with their parents, doing things that everyone can enjoy. Even if your parenting time is limited, your kids are sure to remember the wonderful time that you shared, even if the activities involved were relatively simple things like baking holiday treats, sledding, or choosing and decorating a Christmas tree.

The holiday season is sure to bring up many emotions for you, both pleasant and unpleasant. If you have questions or concerns about navigating the holiday season as a divorced or divorcing parent, please contact Jackson, Mississippi Divorce Attorney Matthew S. Poole today, at (601) 573-7429 to arrange for a free consultation.

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Mississippi Divorce Attorney Shares Helpful Tips for the Holiday Season
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Mississippi Divorce Attorney shares helpful family law tips to implement during the holiday season.

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