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How do you make the children’s Christmas break stress-free?

Video: How do you make the children’s Christmas break stress-free?

By: Steven Benmor, B.Sc., LL.B., Family Lawyer

Jurisdiction: Ontario (Canada)

… The first thing is, because it’s so early now, plan. Plan ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute. You know when the kids are off school. You know what date are vacation dates. You know what you’re going to be doing, working or not working. And so, communicate with your ex-spouse. Let that person know when you’re off and when you would like to spend time with the kids. Hear what their proposal is first. And then try to work out a plan way in advance. And then share that plan with the kids so they can get excited about it. That one. Two: Be aware of what you do say to the children. And it’s not uncommon for… you might be able to hold things in but when you go and bring the kids over to your family they might roll their eyes when their mother’s or father’s name is mentioned or they might do anything. You got to be the one who ensures that it’s a safe environment for the children and that’s important to … (click here for more)

Steven Benmor

(’First Take Live’ video clips courtesy of Dan Carter Productions. Original Broadcast: 2007) About the author: Steven Benmor practices Family Law in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Visit Steven Benmor’s online Family Law Resource Center for concise answers to many more frequently asked Family law questions, feature articles on Family law topics, dozens of links to other Family law websites, and more at The information on this page is for discussion purposes only. It is by no means legal advice or even a statement of the law on this subject. Please do not rely on the accuracy or completeness of this information. Any question or concern elicited by the information on this page should be taken to a lawyer who will consider the facts of each case and the legal remedies available.