It can be a little tricky to navigate a parent-focused holiday like Father’s
Day after a divorce. Even if there is still some unresolved anger and
hurt feelings between parents, however, it is important to remember that
this holiday is just as important to your children as it is for their
father. Do what you can to help make this day special for your children
despite the recent changes in your family’s dynamic.
Here are some tips that will help both moms and dads help their kids celebrate
Have a talk with your former spouse: In the event that it is your ex-spouse’s day to have the children,
try to work out an arrangement that allows you to spend Father’s
Day with the kids. For example, you could switch weekends or she could
allow you to celebrate with them for a few hours during the day. Try not
to wait until the last minute before discussing your plans to spend the
day with your kids, especially if your relationship with your co-parent
is less than ideal.
If you are far away: Unfortunately, it is not always possible to spend Father’s Day with
your children. That does not mean you will not be able to see them at
all, however. Talk to your ex-spouse about setting up a video chat with
the kids. It might not seem like much, but it will mean a lot to them
to be able to see and talk to you. If you cannot set up a video chat,
even a phone call will do. The important thing is that you try to reach
out to them and let them know they are in your heart.
Plan something fun: Having fun does not mean you need to break the bank or do something extravagant.
You can plan to see a movie with your kids, go for a bike ride, play games
in the park, or cook a nice meal at home and play video games together.
Make this day about creating fond memories and starting new traditions
that you can enjoy now and for years to come.
Make this a day for just you and your kids: If you have a new special someone in your life, it would be best not to
include her, especially if this is your first Father’s Day as a
divorced parent. Your children need a little more time to get used to
things and might feel like the presence of a new partner is an imposition
on their time with you. You can introduce her to them on another occasion,
but keep this day between you and your kids for now.
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