Trick-or-Treat & Divorce: 4 Tips for Co-Parenting on Halloween
Once the summer months fade into fall, children across the country startdreaming of the one night a year they can throw on their favorite costumesto knock on doors for yummy treats and playful frights. However, any holidayevent can be difficult for families once a divorce has been finalized,and Halloween is no exception. It’s not unusual for children tolack the Halloween spirit because they are still processing their newreality. As a responsible co-parent, it’s your responsibility toput aside your own complicated feelings to ensure that your child hasthe best Halloween ever.
We understand that this may be an emotional event for you as a parent.To help you get through this night, the Illinois divorce attorneys atWakenight & Associates have assembled the following helpful tips:
Tip #1: Don’t Put Pressure on Your Child
Some parents make the mistake of asking their child who they would preferto spend a holiday with. This puts an intense amount of pressure on achild that is still reconciling with a divorce and may be afraid to hurtone parent’s feelings. How can they have fun running around theneighborhood if they’re feeling guilty?
Tip #2: Plan Ahead
The most important thing to remember is that Halloween is for children.If you can, communicate with your former spouse to plan the upcoming holiday.Perhaps the two of you can compromise about who can take your child outtrick-or-treating. If you are on amicable terms, perhaps you can sharethe night for the sake of your child. We know that it can be difficultto spend time with your ex, especially if they are currently dating anew partner. But this is about supporting your child and proving thattheir happiness and well-being is your #1 commitment.
However, if your situation is less than amiable, you still have options.For example, if you live in different neighborhoods, you can always agreeto split the night. Not many kids would turn down a chance at extra candy!
Tip #3: Split the Night
It’s unfortunate, but co-parenting often means splitting holidays.If Halloween doesn’t land on your parenting day, you can alwaysplan a separate event with your child that doesn’t conflict withthe visitation plan.
Be creative! Think of an alternative plan your child may enjoy, such as:
- An age-appropriate horror movie night
- Costume shopping
- Halloween decorating party
- Pumpkin carving
Tip #4: Make Plans If You’re Spending the Night Alone
Spending any holiday alone can be tough, and it’s easy to flounderin depression. But if you want to win a gold star in parenting, you cancall your kid before they start trick-or-treating and wish them a happyevening. They can have fun if they know you’re doing okay. Oncethat’s taken care of, you can do something to treat yourself.
Treat yourself on Halloween by:
- Going to a party
- Hanging out with friends
- Having your own Halloween movie fest
- Visiting any local Halloween events
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Contact theIllinois divorce attorneys at Wakenight & Associates if you require legal guidance or representation.We understand that divorce can be an incredibly difficult experience forfamilies. Our experienced legal team can listen to your concerns, guideyou through the divorce process, and help you negotiate a divorce settlementthat provides you with financial security.
Call Wakenight & Associates, P.C.to schedule your free consultation. We have offices conveniently locatedin Oak Park, Joliet, and Mokena.