The holidays can be a difficult time for separated or divorced families. Regular schedules that provide stability and consistency are often suspended during the holidays. Children can become anxious worrying about which parent they will be with and when. They might become fearful of hurting one parent’s feelings if they spend too much time with the other parent or have too much fun with them. Favorite traditions will feel different, and your children may be feeling loss and sadness. You likely have your own feelings of stress, anger, fear and loss that can make it even more difficult for you and your children to maintain joy during the holidays. Click here to read therapist Alyson Jones 15 Tips for Managing a Divorce Over Christmas, and click here to read Hess Family Law holiday blog post from 12/2012.
Although this is a difficult time for your family, here at Hess Family Law we hope that after acknowledging the loss and changes of divorce, that you can begin to make wonderful new traditions and memories with your family and find people and things that you are grateful for this holiday season.