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Celebrating Easter and other Holidays with a blended family

Having a blended family is not always easy. One of the most perplexing difficulties for blended families is navigating the holidays. Which side's traditions should you follow? What will your custody schedule look like? What if the children feel sad, or confused?

With Easter drawing near, these questions have been on many blended families' minds. As a parent in a blended family, you could use some tips for celebrating future upcoming holidays. These are a few pointers that you can use to make Easter Sunday great for you, your kids and your stepfamily.  For most Texas possession orders, Easter is not a defined "holiday period of possession", and will be treated as a "fifth weekend" of the month for calendar year 2018.

Start planning

The sooner you start planning your Easter, the easier the whole day will be. Begin with reviewing your custody schedule and making sure everyone understands it: Who has custody of which children, and where will everyone be? Then, plan the details like your activities and meals. Being prepared is the first step to a happily blended holiday.

Keep it kid-centric

During a stressful time like a holiday, it is easy for adults to get caught up in their own problems. Resist the urge to obsess over minute, insignificant holiday details. Instead, keep the focus on your children and stepchildren. Pay attention to their emotions throughout the day, and schedule some kid-friendly fun to keep them occupied.

Try new traditions

It is unlikely that this Easter, or any Holiday from now on, will resemble the ones in your past. While you may have to abandon some of your old traditions, it is a great time to build new ones. Be sure that the whole family feels included in these traditions--after all, the more the merrier.

Mind your emotions

When celebrating a holiday with a blended family, it is natural for you and the children to feel a variety of emotions. Some of these emotions will feel good, and some will feel bad. This is natural and healthy. Let your children know that it is okay to feel sad--as well as happy--this Easter.  Remind them that they may get to celebrate each upcoming Holiday, especially Christmas and Birthday celebrations, twice.  You may wish to consult with an experienced Board-Certified expert Family Law attorney in the event of any confusion on interpretation of your order.

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