This year, Mother’s day falls on Sunday, 8 May 2016, and Father’s day falls on Sunday 4 September 2016. When negotiating parenting arrangements, some parents forget about making special provision for these special occasions.
Consequently, these special days can become a very stressful period for all involved.
Try and remember that Mother’s day and Father’s day is about making an enjoyable and memorable experience for the children – cold cups of tea and burnt toast presented to their parent as breakfast in bed is something most children remember with glee.
These days should not turn out to be a tug-of-war about whose “day” it really is.
An example of an arrangement that could work for special occasions such as Mother’s day and Father’s day may be:
• The children spend Mother’s day with their Mother from 4:00pm on Saturday, 7 May 2016 to 4:00pm on Mother’s day Sunday, 8 May 2016; and
• The children spend Father’s day with their Father from 4:00pm on Saturday, 3 September 2016 to 4:00pm on Father’s day Sunday, 4 September 2016.
The usual living arrangements then re-commence from 4:00pm on the Sunday, so that the parent usually spending the weekend with the children receive the children back into their care.
Contact us if you would like to discuss parenting arrangements in more detail.