Today and everyday at Hess Family Law we are grateful for our wonderful clients and friends. We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
For those of our clients and friends who are newly separated or divorced, the holidays can be a difficult time. We wish you well as you embark on establishing new holiday traditions. If you are looking for tips and inspiration please read Thanksgiving Tips for the Newly Separated, and/or Surviving the Holidays Part 2: Thanksgiving.
We wish everyone a happy and healthy 2016!
If your New Years Eve celebration includes drinking please do not drive. Plan ahead and have a designated driver or another plan for getting to your destinations safely. If you find yourself in need of a ride, please use a taxi, uber, call a friend, or use a free local ride service.
SoberRide 1-800-200-8294 offers free rides not to exceed $30 fare originating from Montgomery County, Maryland; Fairfax, Virigina, and other locations to riders age 21 or older. The service operates from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
For the newly separated or divorced, the demands of the holiday season can quickly take a toll on your mental and physical well being. 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. Surviving the holidays may be hard, but not impossible.
For ideas and tips on coping with the holidays during and after divorce read Hess Family Law Blogs: Tips for the Holiday Season and Surviving the Holidays Part 3: Christmas, Chanukah, and More.
Spring Break begins March 30th in Fairfax County, Virginia and April 3rd in Montgomery County, Maryland. If you have opted to remain home this Spring Break there are many opportunities to have fun with your children right in our area. Jamie Davis Smith’s Huffington Post article, Passport to Spring Break Fun, outlines great activities for you and your children in the DC metropolitan area. Ms. Smith’s idea of creating a passport to DC with your children will help you plan activities and will get them excited about the week even if you aren’t leaving home. If you are unsure where to start, Ms. Smith recommends looking at Our-Kids.com, which offers hundreds of suggestions on current local area activities. I have personally been a subscriber to Our-Kids for many years, and have used and continue to use the site to find interesting events and activities for my children, and I wholeheartedly second Ms. Smith’s recommendation.
If your children are interested in the arts, see a play at Imagination Stage or Adventure Theater-MTC, or visit an art museum such as the National Gallery of Art. Plan to visit the Zoo, the Air and Space Museum, and/or the Museum of Natural History. Other museums you may want to add to your passport include the National Building Museum and The College Park Aviation Museum. The Cherry Blossoms are expected to be in full bloom during Spring Break this year. Plan a trip downtown, or if you prefer to avoid the crowds, take a ride thru many of our area neighborhoods. Consider day trips to Baltimore, Gettysburg, or a hike thru Great Falls. Remember to take lots of photos and consider sharing them with your former spouse.
For more ideas on things to do in Montgomery County, Maryland check out visitmontgomery, for Fairfax Couny, Virginia check out Fairfax Family Fun. For example, the carousel at Rio Washingtonian opened March 14th, Zip Lining at Go Ape and Adventure Park at Sandy Spring have opened for the season, Butler’s Orchard Bunnyland runs through April 12th. Head to our local parks including Clemyjontri Park on a nice weather day. Don’t feel you have to attend expensive activities, there are plenty of fun and free or low cost activities that can be found.
With so many wonderful opportunities in our area you will be able to have a memorable Spring Break without leaving home and your passport will be filled in no time.
Hess Family Law wishes everyone a happy and healthy New Year!
Dealing with family law issues such as divorce, child support, and custody can be overwhelming. We at Hess Family Law are available to discuss your options and help determine your rights and how best to protect your interests. Click to read Hess Family Law Blog Guidelines to Managing your Divorce, and Divorce Tips to Keep you on the Right Track.
Hess Family Law wishes everyone a very happy holiday season! For information on coping with the holidays during or after divorce read Hess Family Law Blog Surviving the Holidays Part 3: Christmas, Chanukah, and More.
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.
Thanksgiving Tips for the Newly Separated or Divorced
Thanksgiving is this week and you may be wondering how you will survive the holiday this year. Whether you are separated or divorced, the start of the holiday season can be overwhelming, but it does not have to be. In a recent Huffington Post article Denise L. Denois lists ten tips to enjoy the holidays post-divorce. These tips apply whether you are newly separated or divorced.
1. Don't compete with your ex.
2. Keep busy.
3. Think about your kids, and don't manipulate or guilt them into spending all of their time with you to the exclusion of your ex.
4. Be magnanimous.
5. Invent a new tradition.
6. Clean house. Cleaning can be cathartic, clear out the old and make way for the new.
7. Find acceptance.
8. Be creative and resist the urge to overspend during the holiday season.
9. Focus on others.
10. Focus on yourself.
For more information on coping with the holidays and ways to implement the tips above, as well as tips for adult children of divorce, read Hess Family Law Blog: Surviving the Holidays Part 2:: Thanksgiving.