- Plan a budget and stick to it - if you haven't already prepared, then work to cut costs in other categories. Decide who will be getting gifts this year and be thoughtful not extravagant.
- Make the most of your time with your children - prioritize the memories you want to make. There aren't enough evenings, weekends and days off to do it all.
- Communicate with family - are you willing to travel or do you need them to come to you this year? What days work for everyone to be together?
- Remember to honor the structure of your parenting plan - none of us like to be separated from our children during meaningful times, but there is more to this season that one day. Support your children by encouraging them to be generous to the other parent, accepting of those bonds and celebrate upon their return.
We may not have a chimney or mantle anymore, but I still have a plan for those stockings! Are your holiday plans taking shape? What will be the most challenging part of this season for you?