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Making time for kids during the Fourth of July

Divorcing parties may have enough trouble dissolving the legal aspects of their relationship (i.e. selling a home, dividing personal property and financial assets), but they still are going to be parents even after the final decree is issued. In the midst of the process, holidays will come and go, and during these times, making time for children may lose its emphasis as a priority.

Depending on who you are (a custodial or non-custodial parent), spending time with kids during holidays is critical in maintaining healthy relationships with them. For those who may not be able to spend the Fourth of July with their kids, there are a number of alternatives.

Have breakfast - There's nothing like the first meal of the day to set the tone of the day. By having breakfast with your kids, you get the first (and arguably the most important) opportunity to spend time with them. Whether it is having cereal at home or a full spread at IHOP, taking this time can be helpful before they get into the holiday festivities.

Use Skype - Using video calls has become such a mainstream option (through computers, tablets and cell phones) that many parenting time orders include some type of virtual visitation. By using Skype, FaceTime or Google Plus interfaces, you can stay in touch in ways not availble before.

Plan part of the day - The 4th is one of the longest days of the year (meaning it has the most daylight). Because of this, it is possible to split the day between parents so that they have an equal opportunity to do something fun with the kids.

Source: HuffingtonPost.com, Kids and Divorce: How to maintain a sense of family with the kids after divorce, June 22, 2013

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