The holidays are the hardest time for many of our divorced clients. You spend the year or six months finalizing your divorce only to realize the season has crept up on you. We understand how devastating it can feel to wake up one morning realizing you won’t have to sneak out of bed in the middle of the night to take a few bites out of the cookies left out for Santa the night before. If you will be home alone for the holidays the, our family law attorney serving metro Atlanta has created a quick guide on how you can survive divorce during this time.
- Talk to your kids about your plans: If you are spending the holidays apart, make sure you explain to them what is happening, so they understand. Mark it on the calendar or put a reminder in their school planner, to help cement the plans in their heads. Also, reassure them that you love them and you are happy they will spending time with the other parent. Don’t make them feel bad for leaving you.
- Schedule Some “Me Time: If you have nothing to do during the holiday, it can feel really lonely, but you might not be ready to face social situations yet. Instead, do something you always want to do, but can’t be done with the kids around. Binge watch Luke Cage on Netflix or head out to the movie theater and see a rated-R movie.
- Make plans with friends: You’d be surprised by how many people will include you on their holiday plans if you let them know you will be alone for the holidays. Whether you’re with a whole family at their annual gathering or with another divorcee, the company can really help you get through being alone on Christmas.
- Work it out: Take the dog for a walk, or take a walk with one of your friends. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which can boost our mood.
- Reschedule Christmas: Who said your Christmas has to be on December 25? No one, you make the rules! Tell your kids Santa still stopped by your house and his gifts are waiting. Reschedule Christmas day for when they return from spending time with Dad.
We at Oxendine & Sauls LLC, hope you have a wonderful holiday season. If your need help modifying child custody orders, our Atlanta family law attorney can help you. Give us a call. (770) 285-1820