Unfortunately, the holidays can be a very stressful time for many people in Michigan. This is especially true for recently divorced couples, who may be at odds regarding scheduling and other issues. There are steps you can take to mitigate conflict however, as explained by VeryWellMind.com.
Have your own celebration
If you find the stress of the holidays to be too much, consider having your own celebration. You can host beloved friends and family or just make it an evening with you and your kids. This is a good option for recently divorced people, who may still be reeling from their separation. It also gives you a bit more control, which you won't necessarily have when visiting other relatives.
Take turns with your ex
If you feel obligated to visit family, consider taking turns with your ex on different holidays. For instance, you can take your kids on Christmas and allow your ex to take them during New Year's Eve. It can be tough to visit many different relatives in a single day, especially when they live far apart. It can also be emotionally draining, which is why many divorced couples switch off during the holiday season.
If you know there will be conflict in certain situations, try to prepare yourself ahead of time. A sense of humor can be invaluable in this case, especially when faced with prying relatives. When faced with negativity, try to rise above it. If someone criticizes you or your life, don’t give them the satisfaction of a reaction.