Creating a Fun Atmosphere for Children
When you do spend time with your children, create a positive environment. It’s important not to
spoil them in an attempt to win their affection. Rather, this is the perfect time to spend quality
time doing wholesome winter activities for the family…
- Bake your favorite holiday cookies.
- If you live in the mountains, go snowboarding or skiing.
- Go caroling.
- Volunteer together.
- Make homemade gifts for family and friends.
- Go ice skating.
- Cook warm, filling meals together.
- Watch your favorite classic holiday movies (or the latest releases!)
- Make hot cocoa and sit by the fire.
- Tour the neighborhood and enjoy all your neighbors’ lights.
- Watch some new holiday movies.
- Make snow angels.
Emotions run high during the holidays, and that goes double for the first holidays after a divorce.
There may be guilt on both sides, so open and honest communication is important. Don’t try and
pretend like nothing has happened and acknowledge your children’s feelings, even the dark
ones you may find difficult to confront. When you have your children with you, create a fun, safe
environment but don’t give into spoiling them. The holidays are a perfect time to do family-
friendly activities that evoke the spirit of the season.