Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Divorced Parenting During the Holiday Season

As the holiday season comes to an end, many are reminded of the stress that can accompany all of the joy and celebrating.  There are often additional challenges during the holiday season for families who have been through a divorce.  As recently reported in the Huffington Post, parenting during the holiday season for divorced parents can be particularly stressful.  However, the article notes that flexibility is crucial to minimizing that stress.  Divorce typically entails the processes of restructuring of families, redefining relationships, and developing new traditions.   Remaining flexible can help with these processes at all times but particularly during the holiday season.  Parents should try to be flexible with their traditions, dates of celebrations, as well as who is in included in their traditions and celebrations.  This flexibility may be the key for some to making the holiday season more enjoyable for all.