With the winter months quickly approaching, clients are planning their 2019 Holiday Visitation Schedule and Parenting Time Schedules. We thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of our clients top DuPage County Divorce Tips for 2019 Holiday Visitation and Parenting Time. Below are Divorce Tips for approaching the holiday season with or without your children.
Prepare a Schedule for Holiday Visitation and Parenting Time
November a good time to double check your Parenting Agreement, Allocation Judgment or Holiday Parenting Time Agreement to make sure both parents are on the same page for the upcoming holiday season. Our clients speak highly of our annual calendar preparation services, but if you are more hands on, our clients also claim that using Our Family Wizard or TalkingParents helps keep their families organized.
Regardless of how you organize your schedule, it is a good idea to send a confirmation email to the other parent detailing the holiday schedule, any travel plans, and drop off or pick up location changes. If you happen to not have parenting time on a a given holiday, touch base with the other parent via email to still confirm details to ensure that you can make set plans to celebrate the holidays with other loved ones as well.
Ideas for Holiday Visitation and Parenting Time with Children
Clients who have experience their first holiday season post divorce have said that the following ideas for holiday visitation and parenting time with their children have worked out great:
1. Encourage the kids to buy or make presents for the other parent;
2. Share pictures with the other parent and plan additional time for FaceTime or telephone calls with the other parent and extended family;
3. Start a new tradition that the children can look forward to next time they spend the holiday with you.
Ideas for Holiday Visitation and Parenting Time without Children
The first holiday without your children can be a difficult new experience. Our clients that have adjusted to their new parenting schedule have told up the following tips and ideas for holiday visitation and parenting time without their children have helped them:
1. Take the time to plan for the upcoming new year by creating a new budget and a new parenting time calendar;
2. Schedule time to socialize with friends and family and confirm with a text or email so you are more likely to follow through with plans instead of feeling lonely or upset;
3. Focus on you. Schedule an appointment for a massage, haircut, or schedule any doctors appointments to make sure you stay healthy and prepared to be the best parent for a long time.
We hope you have a great finish to 2019 and if you need any additional tips or ideas for your upcoming holiday visitation and parenting time, please feel free to contact us so we can help ensure you and your children enjoy the holidays.