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DIVORCE, PARENTING, AND THE HOLIDAYS

December 19, 2020|Divorce, Relationships

As the year winds down to a close, stress levels are ramping up. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Diwali or another winter holiday, there is pressure to uphold long standing traditions and to create new memories. If you are like me, you may “fake it ‘til you make it” and do your best to manage the details for the sake of your children. By “faking it” I am referring to ramping up your enthusiasm and lighting up your smile, even when you feel like curling up on the sofa.

Doing your best to support the well-being of your child or children is of paramount importance. Follow these tips to guide you when you are feeling listless.

1. Make a list! Identify what traditions your children are expecting. Remember all the baking, cooking, decorating, games and ceremonies you usually enjoy. Write them down.

2. Shorten the list! Make the list manageable since you are now on your own. Eliminate what is too costly, too time consuming or too difficult for you to manage at this time. Do not be afraid to cross things off.

3. Add to the list! Find new fun and games that will make your holidays special and feel easy in your new environment. Be creative.

4. Keep the end in mind. What is the outcome you want to provide for your family? Visualize that and keep that joyous image in the front of your mind. Let that be your motivator as you take steps toward achieving that end goal.

Following these tips can lessen the exhaustion and lack of motivation you may be experiencing. Taking baby steps to get things done is a great approach to reaching the joyful outcome you want to provide for your family.

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