Connecticut (PRWEB) October 21, 2013
The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ comes with the added stress of extra planning. For coparents, this can be especially challenging when you add coordinating the holidays at two separate homes into an already hectic mix of holiday parties, school concerts and winter vacations.
Two Happy Homes, an online community for coparents, understands these challenges and wants coparents to realize they aren’t alone.
“When you add the holidays on top of an already full plate of school, family, work and personal commitments, the season can become something to dread rather than something to celebrate,” Traci Whitney, Founder, Two Happy Homes, said. “From one coparent to another, I want people to understand that they are not alone and that there are resources available to help make the holidays go more smoothly.
Among Two Happy Homes top tips and resources for helping coparents survive the holidays, are:
Establish a shared coparenting calendar
With the added stress of the holidays and, oftentimes, tense communication between divorcees, coparents need an easy way to sync up their family’s holiday schedules without conflict and stress. A shared calendar allows coparents to track activities at each of their houses in one common and mutually accessible document. This can help to prevent scheduling conflicts and ensure both parents know what activities their children are participating in, regardless of whether it is their week with mom or dad. Click here to sign up for Two Happy Homes free online calendar for coparents.
Communicate on neutral territory
Communicating on neutral territory is a powerful way to help reduce conflict. Through the Two Happy Homes NoteBoard coparents can send notes to one another and have a central repository for tracking all of their communications. This is a great place for coparents to discuss what holiday gifts they will be purchasing for their children and to ensure that mom or dad doesn’t invest in a duplicate gift or a gift that one parents feels isn’t appropriate. Nobody wants the added stress of being the ‘un-fun’ parent who says ‘no’ to the much coveted gift their child received for the holidays.
Defer to the experts
Who better to ease your worries about the first holiday your children are spending with only one parent than an expert who has been through the drill on multiple occasions and/or helped other families to navigate similar situations? Two Happy Homes Expert Corner offers coparents access to expert advice and a rich blog that shares real life coparenting experiences and best practices for how to navigate various situations.
“The more coordinated the parenting efforts are between the two homes, the less stressful the holidays will be for parents and children alike,” Whitney said. “I encourage all coparents to embrace the Two Happy Homes community and to take advantage of the resources that are available to make coparenting during the holidays easier and more enjoyable.”
For more coparenting tips and resources, visit http://www.twohappyhomes.com.
About Two Happy Homes
Two Happy Homes is an online community for coparents. Designed to improve communication between coparents and enhance coordination between both homes, Two Happy Homes offers coparents a broad range of free and paid resources to support their coparenting efforts. To learn more and to join the Two Happy Homes community, visit http://www.twohappyhomes.com.