Divorced parents can split time with children during the holidays

As a divorced parent, you understand how difficult it can be to split time during the holiday season. You want to spend every waking moment with your children; however, you realize this is not possible. After all, your former partner may feel the same way.

Here is what you need to do: Discuss this with your ex well in advance of the holiday season. This may not be a discussion you want to have, but it is something that must come to light sooner rather than later. If you put it off for too long, you are only going to make things more stressful on everybody involved, including your children.

Here are a few ideas to consider:

-- One parent gets the children during Thanksgiving while the other gets them during Christmas.

-- You can share the days around a particular holiday. For example, children spend Christmas Eve with one parent and Christmas Day with another.

-- Rotate from one year to the next. If you got the children last Christmas, your former spouse should get them this year.

These are just a few ways divorced parents can split time with children during the holidays. There are other ideas to consider, and the only thing that matters is that everybody is happy.

It doesn't matter if you are recently divorced or split from your partner years ago, it doesn't change the fact that the holidays can be messy. Dealing with this in advance will allow you to implement a schedule that you, the other parent and your children are happy with.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Holiday Season Approaching -- What Divorcing Parents Need to Prepare for," accessed Nov. 12, 2015

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