As the winter holidays are approaching very quickly, co-parents might find themselves in a situation where time is running short to make plans. It can be a stressful time, but with some quick thinking and flexibility, it’s still possible to create a holiday schedule that works for everyone. Here’s what you can do when time is running out to plan for the winter holidays as co-parents.
The first step is to initiate a conversation with your co-parent as soon as possible. Approach this discussion with a mindset of flexibility and understanding. Clear, open, and honest communication is key to making last-minute arrangements work.
What do you need to talk about?
While maintaining holiday traditions is important, be willing to adjust them if time constraints demand it. This could mean celebrating on different days or combining or splitting certain traditions. Remember, it’s the spirit of the holiday and the joy it brings to your children that matters most. To that end, keep in mind that when time is limited, simplicity is your friend. Instead of elaborate plans, focus on simple and meaningful activities that you can arrange quickly. This might include a cozy movie night, baking cookies together or a small family gathering.
If your children are old enough, you might want to consider involving them in the planning process. This can help them feel heard and ease any disappointment about changes to the usual holiday plans.
Ultimately, with limited planning time, do what you can to maintain a positive attitude about this rushed planning process, especially in front of your kids. Your children will pick up on your emotions, so focusing on the positives of the situation can help them feel more secure and happy.