Tips for Healthy Communication over the Holidays!
The season is full of opportunities to make wonderful memories, but it can also be a stressful time, particularly for co-parents and blended families.
Communication: Practice active listening. Changes in routines and regular schedules can leave a lot of room for miscommunication. When making plans, repeat what has been said in your own words, making sure you heard correctly. When creating plans for your child during the holidays, you should consider putting the plan in writing and sharing it with your partner so that everyone is sure that they are in agreement.
Conflict resolution without anger: Respectfully acknowledge the other person’s feelings and opinions. When discussing issues, use statements that clearly state your concerns but avoids language that expresses criticism or content.
Don’t Point Fingers: Accept personal responsibilities rather than assigning blame. Working on reframing a situation can help you managing your stress levels, have more positive interactions with your co-parent, and set a positive example for your children.
React with Kindness: Children and parents respond positively to kindness and courtesy. This isn’t always easy to do, especially when you may be upset. Practicing healthy ways to manage your stress on an ongoing basis can help you keep calm and react in a positive way when something unexpected happens. Source
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