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HOLIDAY TIPS FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN IN DIVIDED FAMILIES

The material below was written to help visiting fathers during the holidays. I felt the information was applicable to both parents, so I have adapted it to apply to both Fathers and Mothers. No one can tell you how to “best enjoy” the holidays, but it doesn’t hurt to stop for a moment and read someone’s “tips” and think about your children and perhaps adapt a tip or two to your situation. I know my 12 year old daughter seems to like the idea of “dates” with her Father, such as a traditional Saturday morning breakfast out, just the two of us. Think about this type of thing and the tips below and maybe you and your children will have a meaningful time. ACTION POINTS for Committed Parents
  • Tell your children you love them, you're proud and pleased with them, and that you pray for them.
  • During the holidays, spend some time alone with each of your children -- walking and talking about their lives, their interests, their plans. Seek to understand them and affirm them instead of making any value judgments.
  • During the next few weeks, make it a priority to find ways to laugh with your children. Here's a joke you can use: What do you give the man who has everything? Antibiotics.
  • Consider giving each of your children a "gift of time" -- a coupon or solid commitment to do something together that he or she enjoys. Make plans to follow through on it soon.
  • To reinforce the importance of "gifts you can't buy," limit your kids' media time each day, or even try a media-free weekend this month. Replace it with fun family activities.
  • Read Luke 2:17-18 with your children, and talk about specific ways your family can imitate the way the shepherds responded after hearing the news of Jesus' birth.
Excerpted from information from Fathers.com