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Parenting schedules during holidays require special consideration

The busy holiday season is here. For parents who are divorced, that might mean having to figure out how to work out parenting time agreements for the holiday. While there is no hard and fast formula for our readers in Nebraska to follow, there are some general tips that might make the holiday season easier on the children and adults involved.

It is important for parents to compromise about the holiday schedule. Keeping your child's best interests in mind might make this easier. Treating each other with respect and being flexible might help. For example, if your ex's family has a traditional holiday gathering on Dec. 24 and your family has the gathering on the 25th, you can work with your ex to ensure that the child can attend both celebrations as long as distance isn't a consideration.

While you and your ex are coming up with a plan, it is important to remember to keep negative issues out of the children's lives. You probably don't want your child to equate the holiday season with strife and tension because of them. In the end, your child's happiness is what should matter, so don't focus on just getting your way.

When children are old enough to let their wishes be known, parents might be able to make holiday visitation easier by just letting the child decide when to spend time where. No matter what happens, make sure that you take the time to relax and enjoy your child during the holiday season.

For some parents, going to court is necessary to figure out when each parent gets the children. If this is the case, make sure that you know your rights and are well prepared for court hearings.

Source: The Our Family Wizard Website, "Tips For Working Out Your Holiday Visitation Schedules" Nov. 24, 2014

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