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How can I navigate conflict over the holidays?

If you’ve recently gone through a divorce in Ohio, you may be dreading the holidays. Many families experience conflict during this time of year, which can be stressful for both you and your kids. In this case, offers the following advice on how you can mitigate holiday conflict.

Prepare yourself for conflict

If you know that conflict will be unavoidable, try to prepare yourself for it. For instance, when family members are critical of you or your life, try to take their statements with a grain of salt. If your relatives attempt to pry into your private business, don’t feel obligated to answer any questions you’re uncomfortable with. With the right mindset, you can decrease some of the stress associated with family gatherings.

Take turns on different holidays

If you and your ex frequently run into scheduling conflicts, considering switching out holidays. You can take the kids for Christmas or other celebrations and your ex can have them during New Year’s Eve, or vice versa. This prevents you from going to many different locations on one day, which can be tough when relatives live far apart.

Take comfort in your friends

Consider hosting your own holiday celebration with friends for a bit of solace. Many people enjoy closer bonds with friends than with family and making time for these important people is a great way to create a more enjoyable holiday season. Also, consider holding a celebration with just you and your children. This is a great way to prevent conflicts from occurring while also spending time with the people you love.

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