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Surviving the holidays as a parent after a Colorado divorce

The holidays can be such an emotional time of year, as most Colorado residents may already know. It becomes more complicated when children are involved. After a divorce, the holiday season can sometimes seem like a nightmare for a noncustodial parent. Letting the children pick new traditions and activities that can be shared by all may alleviate some of the sadness.

For the recently divorced parent, the first-time holiday jitters can be stressful. He or she may not be sure if the agreed visitation will work out according to plan while juggling scheduled visits and work. The first thing to do is take a breath and remember that spending time with one's children -- any time -- during the holidays is a gift. It is best to help the children make good memories and not focus on the time not shared. Showing empathy and compassion can help with the emotional needs of the children.

The marriage may be over, but caring for the children never stops. Working together will show the kids that they are still loved, even though the parents are no longer together. If a cordial co-holiday is not possible, then make the drop-off a positive experience and not an opportunity to vent. This might mean going the extra mile to show the holiday spirit and provide the children with a positive time together.

Many Colorado couples already know that the holidays can be stressful on a family, whether living together or apart. Divorce can change so many aspects of daily life that most do not realize it until it happens to them. Having an amicable relationship with the former spouse can make child custody and visitations that much more rewarding -- to both the parents and the children. That amicable relationship can begin during the divorce process as the parties settle their affairs.

Source: Huffington Post, Divorced Parents: How to Help Your Kids Get Through the Holidays, Rosalind Sedacca, Nov. 11, 2013

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