One of the most important parts of a parenting plan separated or divorced parents should consider is how to divide the holiday times with their children. Holiday times are often times spent with extended family and when important childhood memories are made. It is important for children to have the opportunity to spend holiday time with each parent.
Planning the holidays is significantly more difficult for a separated family. There are a number of things which must be included in the planning:
Whatever plans are made, try to ensure that they are made with consideration for the circumstances of both families. If one parent has had to put in for their holidays in February, they are not likely to be satisfied if they are informed in May that their planned vacation is not going to work.
If the children are not allowed to participate in summer holidays with each parent, it is the children who lose out on opportunities to grow closer to their extended family and create important childhood memories.