Christmas can be a tricky and often stressful time of year for separated families – particularly for those who are spending their first Christmas apart.
Conflict and disagreements between co-parents can also put a lot of stress on the kids, and can remove the joy and fun children usually associate with Christmas time.
Our Shepparton Family Relationship Centre (FRC) team support families through separation and help parents to focus on the kids during separation.
As a way to support separated families this Christmas, the FRC team have produced a free guide for co-parents to help improve communication, reduce conflict, and respectfully negotiate Christmas holiday arrangements for the kids.
“When a family separates, the parents have a lot of things on their plate that they have to deal with, and on top of all that, any conflict, anger or resentment they’re experiencing can make things even more challenging,” says Mandy Pendergast-Millard, Shepparton Family Relationship Centre Manager.
“It can be challenging to put all that aside and to focus on the kids, but focusing on the kids not only benefits their childrens’ wellbeing – it can reduce that conflict and help co-parents work towards a collaborative relationship where the aim is always to provide the best environment and care for their children.”
To download the free guide, click the button below!
Coping with Christmas - a guide for separated parents
Liz Gellel | Marketing Coordinator – Digital Lead