Divorced Parents: Consider These 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

The beginning of the New Year is an important time for all of us to reflect on the past and set new goals for the future. For recently divorced parents, this time of year is also an opportunity to plan and create a positive new life. Consider implementing some of these resolutions to help you heal and move forward in a positive manner.

Resolution #1: Taking Care of Your Body

Get enough sleep, eat right and exercise. These things should be your priority. You need to stay healthy so you can take care of your kids.

Resolution #2: Taking Care of Your Emotions

Divorce is difficult and you will need an outlet for the emotional challenges you are facing. For some people, exercise, journaling or just talking with friends is helpful. For others, obtaining professional support from a therapist will help you to develop the coping strategies you need.

Resolution #3 Staying Connected

Get together with your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. Create positive new relationships so you feel connected and supported.

Resolution #4: Communicating in a Positive Manner with Your Co-Parent

Be polite, respectful and civil in all your communications with your former spouse.

Resolution #5: Resolving to be Flexible About Parenting Time

Be flexible with your children’s other parent about changes to your scheduled parenting time. Try to be patient, kind and reasonable with one another.

Resolution #6: Keeping Your Children Away From Your Problems with Your Co-Parent

Your children should not have to overhear your adult conversations with their other parent. And your kids should not be asked to relay information to their other parent or be asked to take sides.

Resolution #7: Encouraging Your Children to have a Good Relationship with Their Other Parent.

Help your children to create healthy and positive interactions with their other parent.

Resolution #8: Taking the Time to Listen to Your Children.

Keep in mind that their thoughts and feelings will evolve as they mature, but keep listening and encouraging them to share their emotions with you.

Resolution #9: Keeping Your Children Safe

Vow to place your child’s needs before your own even when you are experiencing stressful situations. Knowing that you care about their feelings and well-being will make your children feel safe.

Resolution #10: Creating a New Life for Yourself and Your Kids

As a divorced parent, resolve to make every effort to create a positive new life for yourself and your children. Consider this list of resolutions and implement the ones that will help you and your children heal and start moving forward in a positive and healthy new direction.

At The Harris Law Firm, our family law attorneys are dedicated to providing families in need with the information and resources they require to best prepare themselves for the future. We have put together a wealth of resources that cover everything from potential financial issues, saving your marriage, life after divorce, and so many more. If your situation requires more hands-on assistance, our staff is ready and waiting to step in with the experienced legal representation you need to secure the outcome you deserve. Give us a call at (303) 622-5502 to speak with a member of our firm, or fill out our online form to request a case evaluation today.

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