Keeping Them Merry in a Difficult Season
With the emphasis on family gatherings and a lot of time spent with family and friends, the holiday season is both a great time of joy and an easy opportunity for depression to sneak in. After a divorce, adults may struggle with their feelings, but perhaps no one struggles more than the children who have had to deal with many changes to their family structure.
To help your children feel merry this season, even after a difficult divorce, here are several tips you can follow.
Much can be said about the power of positivity, but the reality is that positivity can spread from person to person. By doing your best to keep a smile on your face even in the midst of a challenging time, you can demonstrate to your children that you understand everything is going to be all right.
Conversely, negativity can spread just as easily as positivity. Allowing yourself to speak negatively often can rub off on your children and cause similar behaviors in them. Choose to be positive throughout the holiday season and have a much more impactful effect on your children’s overall well-being.
Try New Traditions
You and your family may have had special holiday traditions that you might not want to revisit this year due to painful feelings. Your children may have a hard time not understanding why they cannot share the same traditions as they have in the past. Perhaps, however, that this is the perfect opportunity to start new traditions with your children.
Trying new things, even simple ones, may seem a bit intimidating in light of a divorce, but taking a step and attempting something new can teach your children about moving forward and enjoying activities even in difficult circumstances. The new traditions you choose to try can become a part of your family’s activities each year and can create lasting memories for your children.
Keep Your Children First
Perhaps most importantly, this holiday season will be especially difficult for your children to go through. The changes upending their normal routine may seem like too much to handle for you, and, in turn, you may feel overwhelmed by what they are feeling. It’s crucial, however, to put your children’s happiness first during this time in their lives.
As mentioned, what you do now could remain in your children’s memories for years to come. What type of memories you create, however, is up to you, and those memories start with the choice of putting your children’s needs first this holiday season. Do whatever it takes to provide them with the best memories possible.
Working with a Rhode Island Custody Attorney
If, for some reason, you are having a difficult time seeing your children this holiday season and your parental rights are being denied, know that you do not have to tolerate such behavior. You should consult with a family law attorney to determine how to move forward. At Assalone & Associates, our team is equipped to help parents get the time with their children that is theirs. We will work to defend your rights to be a parent.
To learn more or to schedule a consultation, call us at (401) 589-5599 or visit us online.