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Tips for surviving the holidays as a newly-divorced parent

The holidays are here. This can be a stressful time of year for anyone, but it can be particularly challenging for newly-divorced parents. Not only is it tricky to adjust to new schedules and traditions, it is also difficult to figure out the financial details and obligations that come with celebrating the holidays with children after a divorce.

Below are some tips that can help parents in this situation:

Don't overspend

One of the easiest mistakes newly-divorced parents make is overspending during the holidays. Many moms and dads want to give their children anything they want to make up for a divorce or to appear to be the "better parent." 

However, overspending can cause long-term stress and financial strain that can far outweigh any immediate feelings of satisfaction. To avoid this, take the time to figure out your new financial situation and set a holiday budget, as this article recommends.

Focus on your family

It is natural to be curious about what your children do when they are with the other parent during the holidays. However, there is a fine line between being curious and becoming obsessed. People might pore over an ex's social media posts or try to one-up them by buying better gifts.

But rather than focus on your ex, focus on your family. Think about what you can do to maximize your time with your children and create fond memories, as these are the things your children will appreciate and remember in the future.

Start your own traditions

Between custody schedules and limited resources, many families struggle to keep certain traditions after a divorce, like taking a family vacation or setting out cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. 

Of course, it can be upsetting to let go of these traditions. However, it can help to focus on the new ones you can create. Maybe you go out for a special dinner with your children or watch your favorite holiday movie while you bake cookies. Every tradition starts somewhere, and you have the opportunity to start your own this year.

The holidays may be difficult this year, but it will get better. These tips can help you make this season a little easier for you and your children.

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