As the holidays approach, life can really get complicated. Add in blended families and divorced parents and it can be a real mine field.
So I am going to offer something that, I hope will make your holiday what you hope for. Sit quietly and think about what memories you would like to make with your children and what you want them to remember when they are grown and look back on the holidays that they shared with you. Frankly, this applies to any facet of life- what do you want your kids to remember when they look back and make that happen.
In regards to the holidays, don’t let all the voices pulling at you influence your dreams. Just take a few minutes to dream about what you would like and what would be best for your children. Now go do that.
I am reminded of a conversation I once had with a friend. Her children were all little and she was married to her original husband who was the father of all four kids. The stress she was feeling was that both his and her parents were divorced and remarried- and all wanted them at their respective homes for the holidays. She was exhausted and didn’t really want to make 5-6 stops in a 48 hour period with four small children in tow. This was not what she thought was best for her kids or herself. When asked what I thought I offered this:
“You did not create the problem. It was not your decision or your husband’s for either of your parent’s to get a divorce. The adults at the time made that decision. Now, they have to live with the consequences. Because they chose divorce, they now have to understand that they will not have all the children and grandchildren at every holiday. And that is not your fault or your problem to fix.”
Now, will people get mad when you choose to stay home or only visit one or two homes? Yes.
Will they get their feelings hurt? Probably.
Will they be harmed? No.
The main thing is that you live and establish YOUR family in the way that is best for you and them. Your children are only little once, don’t let it pass by missing out on what you dream of by trying to make everyone else happy.
I hope this helps someone have a less stressful holiday. The holidays should be a time of joy and celebration- but we have to be purposeful for that to happen.