Halloween: Co-parenting Doesn’t Have to be Scary

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With the holiday season just around the corner, many parents are starting to feel the anxiety that comes with co-parenting during the holiday season. While many larger holidays and breaks are written down and agreed upon in the parenting plan, Halloween is often left out. That doesn’t mean both parents and the kids can’t have a fun Halloween.

If Halloween lands on a day you have the kid(s), there are a few things you can do to help the other parent feel more included in the joy:

1. Send pictures throughout the night of your child dressing up, going trick-or-treating, and coming home to their big bag of candy.
2. Offer to split the night. He/she can pick up your child for the first half of Halloween night, and you can enjoy the second end of the night. It’s a win-win for everyone!
3. If you’re really up for it and circumstances allow, spend Halloween together.
4. Have the other parent be responsible for the Halloween costume. That way, both parents feel involved in the Halloween fun.
5. Add smaller holidays like Halloween, Fourth of July and Labor Day into your parenting plan so you are both able to agree on how to handle fun holidays you both want to be involved with.

It’s always important to remember that this holiday should be fun for your kids. Co-parenting during the holidays can be hard, but it’s important to work through it with your child’s mother/father to make sure your child has a positive experience during the holidays.

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