Here's our top tips to help Easter plans run as smoothly as possible:
- Put your children first
An obvious one, but arrangements for your children should of course be based on what is in their best interests. Speak with your children to see what they would like to do. Try and take everyone’s wishes into consideration when discussing Easter holiday arrangements. Keeping the children’s welfare at the centre of your planning should make reaching satisfactory arrangements far easier.
- Plan early
Give yourselves plenty of time to discuss plans, and don’t leave things to the last minute! Last minute conversations with your ex-partner only increase tension and make it less likely that you will reach an amicable compromise. The earlier you are able to co-ordinate diaries with your ex-partner, taking into consideration respective work commitments, the better.
- Be fair
As with any other festivity, Easter is a special time for children which generates lasting memories. You should try and ensure that your children can enjoy time with both you and your ex-partner. Refusing to agree shared time or making your children feel guilty for wanting to spend time with your ex-partner may have a negative impact on them. Being flexible with your ex-partner when making arrangements may make them more likely to reciprocate with a flexible approach in the future.
- Be organised
Supply all the information you have about your Easter plans to your ex-partner as soon as you can. Perhaps try to avoid firm commitments and bookings until all arrangements are agreed.
Article by Karol Kaliczak
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