This year, Mother’s day falls on Sunday, 14 May 2017, and Father’s day falls on Sunday 3 September 2017. 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, 13 May 2017 to 4:00pm on Mother’s day Sunday, 14 May 2017; and
- The children spend Father’s day with their Father from 4:00pm on Saturday, 2 September 2017 to 4:00pm on Father’s day Sunday, 3 September 2017.
- 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.