The holiday season is in full swing and for most people the holidays are a time for joyous celebration, tables full of food, and many family gatherings. However, the holidays can also be a difficult time for some families. For families who have experienced a divorce, sometimes things can get a little tricky.
One reason that these families may have to spend a bit more time scheduling holiday functions is when both parents want to have their kids for the holiday. Another reason that is not directly related to the divorced couple and their children is the extended family. Many times, extended family feels the right to have the kids at their holiday functions and will be very upset and aggressive if they learn that the kids will be joining the other side of the family for their holiday celebration.
Although divorced situations during the holidays are never ideal and often need to result in some sort of compromise, these compromises do exist. One way to compromise would be for one parent to be with the children for the morning and afternoon during a holiday, eat breakfast, lunch, or brunch together, and celebrate that way before giving the children back to the other parent for the other side of the family’s big holiday dinner. Doing this and switching off who gets the children at what time of day every year can be the perfect compromise to an otherwise not perfect situation.