I had the pleasure of interviewing Sue Atkins on co-parenting over Christmas.
Sue is a regular on the flagship award winning “This Morning” Show on ITV with Holly Willoughby and Philip Scofield and on BBC Breakfast television, The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2.
We focused on children of divorce and divorced parents’ first christmas and their life after divorce.
Sue Atkins has written books on parenting, some of which are truly one of the best books on parenting and how to raise kids.
In this interview Sue talks about the first christmas after divorce. Her tips include preparing for the Christmas day itself so you do not get caught alone and/wondering what to do.
Christmas is an emotional time so pre-empt it and remember that looking after yourself first so as you can cope with divorce and the Christmas is absolutely vital if you are to have the strength, stamina and paitence to deal with the children.
She talks about keeping it simple and asking yourself, “What do my children need from me during this time?”
Appreciate what you have now and appreciate that you don’t have to live through another difficult Christmas.
Why not create your own Christmas tradition? One that suits you and your children as you embark on a new life after divorce?
Sue Atkins suggests that you think of your first Christmas after divorce as a process not an event and at this t ime you are probably at the beginning or divorce process.
So have a little something that symbolises where you are trying to get to, maybe a photo or image of where you want to be in the near future.
Sue Atkins’s tips on how to manage the co-parenting during Christmas are brilliant. She doesn’t purpote that it will be easy, but it’s definitely not impossible to have a good enough Christmas as you start your new life after divorce.
Sue Atkins is a Parenting Expert, Writer, Speaker, Broadcaster and Parenting Coach & Mum as well as the author of the Amazon best selling books “Parenting Made Easy – How to Raise Happy Children” & ‘Raising Happy Children for Dummies’ one in the famous black and yellow series as well as the author of the highly acclaimed Parenting Made Easy MP3s and CDs and Workbooks and The Secrets To Well Behaved Kids App
Sue Atkins also regularly appear on the flagship award winning “This Morning” Show on ITV with Holly Willoughby and Philip Scofield, BBC Breakfast television, The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 and she has her own regular “Ask Sue” Parenting Q & A phone- in on BBC Radio Surrey and Sussex once a month.