Father’s Day can be an emotional challenge after you have gone through a divorce. Most children will probably want to spend Father’s Day with their father, but what if your prearranged custody agreement does not align with the schedule?
If you are wondering about how your Father’s Day will be planned, you should discuss plans with your ex-spouse to discuss what is best for your child(ren). Below, we discuss tips to help you and uyour children enjoy Father’s Day.
Create Your Schedule
Whatever your custody arrangement may be, working out a schedule around the holidays and special occasions can be a challenge. For Father’s Day, it is a courteous rule for your child(ren) to spend the day with dad, and likewise, Mother’s Day with mom. Think of it as an even exchange. Sometimes these arrangements may require a more in-depth conversation with your co-parent. Regardless of your situation and schedules, try to create a plan that best serves your children’s happiness.
Father’s Day Gifts
When couples are married or in a romantic relationship, often times the mother will coordinate a Father’s Day gift and vice versa. But what happens when you are no longer married to your co-parent?
A mother might feel awkward going out to purchase a gift on behalf of her young children. A father may feel sad about celebrating Father’s Day without their co-parent, and thus, planning out the day might feel frustrating and lonely. In both situations, do what makes you feel best, and what your children would appreciate within reason. As a mother co-parent, you could provide art supplies to your child(ren) to create handmade cards for their father. As a father, you could plan an outing with your child(ren) that you would both enjoy.
Keep Your Children’s Best Interest at Heart
Family dynamics change after a divorce, and your children will experience these changes in different ways. Be there to listen to their concerns, fears, and/or questions. Allow your child(ren) to feel whatever they do feel, and let them know that things will get easier as the new family dynamics become more routine. Always keep in mind that doing what’s best for your child(ren) as co-parents will benefit the whole family.
Contact The Law Offices of Silky Sahnan to discuss your divorce or child custody case.