Reduce Stress During the Holidays with Holiday Custody Arrangements and Visitation Schedules
The holidays are always a stressful time for everyone regardless of if they are divorced and have children to take care of. Co-parents often feel this stress even more so than other families because of the added work they have to do around the holidays. Extreme amounts of coordination are required by both co-parents in order to have a successful holiday. Help yourself to reduce stress during the holidays with holiday custody arrangements and visitation schedules.
Creating the perfect holiday custody arrangements and visitation schedules
Before even considering holiday custody arrangements and visitation schedules co-parents should make sure that the rest of their custody agreement has been completed and is very thorough. The reason for this is because the holiday custody arrangements and visitation schedule could be considered an addition to the regular custody arrangement and visitation schedule. This means that the regular custody arrangement and visitation schedule should be complete before any additions are made. Visit our Child Custody Agreement article for more information on this issue.
Just like you did when discussing the rest of your custody agreement, you and your co-parent should sit down and discuss the issues that go into creating a holiday custody arrangement and visitation schedule. One of the most effective ways of doing this begins by creating a list of all of the annual holidays that you and your co-parent celebrate. This should include birthdays and other annual events such as Christmas, the Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving. After this list is compiled you and your co-parent should rank these holidays based on their importance. For instance, on a scale from 1-3, Christmas and Thanks giving should be ranked a 1 because they are very important while Presidents Day might be ranked a 3 because it is less important. Once all of the holidays on your list are ranked you and your co-parent should begin to divide them between the two of you. Make sure that each of you receives an equal amount of holidays of the same importance. This helps to make everything fair. Here are some more Tips For Working Out Your Holiday Visitation Schedules.
Keep your stress under control
It is always likely that your stress levels will increase during the holidays. This is typical with any family. There is always shopping to be finished, relatives to be picked up from the airport, holiday events to attend, and of course holiday traffic. These things are very difficult to avoid, which is why it’s so important to focus on things that are within your control. Holiday custody arrangements and visitation schedules are definitely within your control. This means that if you are confident in your holiday custody arrangement and visitation schedule you won’t have to stress out about it.
The OurFamilyWizard website® is a great tool to use for reducing this kind of stress. Our specialized tools and resources put you in total control of your holiday custody arrangements and visitation schedules. This means that you will be completely prepared for whatever the holidays throw your way. The OFW Calendar allows you to specifically create events on the calendar based on your holiday custody arrangements and visitation schedules. Let us help you to reduce stress during the holidays with holiday custody arrangements and visitation schedules. For more information on what the OurFamilyWizard website® has to offer please visit our Features page.