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Top Tips On How To Survive Your Family At Christmas

Christmas can be a stressful time for families, whether you have separated, or your relationship remains on foot but there are some problems between you. In this article, we look at how to survive if your relationship has already ended, and next time we will look at some suggestions of how to survive if things […]

Top Tips On How To Survive Your Family At Christmas

Top Tips On How To Survive Your Family At Christmas

Christmas can be a stressful time for families, whether you have separated, or your relationship remains on foot but there are some problems between you.

In this article, we look at how to survive if your relationship has already ended, and next time we will look at some suggestions of how to survive if things are not going well.

If you have already separated, here are our top 5 tips to survive the Christmas period.

  1. Put the children’s best interests first. This might mean that you don’t see them as often or for as long as you would like, but try and see the situation from their perspective. The children probably just want to have fun, open their presents and enjoy themselves. They are probably not counting how many minutes or hours they are with each parent.
  2. Make sure that whatever time you do get to spend with the children, that they enjoy it. In all likelihood, the children just want to enjoy their time with you and don’t want to talk about what you think about may have gone before.
  3. If your child or children are going to spend time with more than one family over Christmas, be creative about the arrangements. Especially if you don’t live nearby, would it be easier for your children if they swapped over on Christmas Eve or Boxing Day so that they don’t spend a large part of Christmas Day in the car?
  4. If you have agreed on a time to do a swap over for the children, please don’t be late! This is true on all other days, but especially at Christmas.
  5. If you do need to make changes to the arrangements, give your ex plenty of notice and if you are asking them for a change to the arrangements, see if you can give them something in return – it is Christmas after all.
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