Holiday Parenting Time - by Dale E. Johnson

            There is an unfortunate tendency for divorcing parents to have difficulties agreeing to when each of them will have parenting time with their children during the holidays. As holidays coincide with a break from the school schedule, children have more available time. In addition, these are special days for parents and extended family. All this can lead to conflict between the parents.

            When parents who are not getting along try to reach agreement regarding holiday parenting time they should keep this in mind. When the children grow up, they will not remember whether the holiday transition occurred on Christmas Eve or some other time on Christmas Day. What they will remember is whether their holiday was warm, friendly, and nurturing, or whether it was nasty and filled with memories of upset parents. If parents keep this one thing in mind, there might be less conflict and happier children this time of year.