Parenting plans should be drafted to fit the needs of the particular children whose lives (or residential schedules at least) will be governed by them. This includes spending extra time thinking about how the child will be best served during their winter break from school and during the winter holidays. There are many different ways the winter breaks and holidays can be scheduled within a parenting plan. Below please find a few examples:
- Break Split Down the Middle. For some families, the importance of the number of days of the break spent with either parent supersedes the importance of any winter holidays the family might celebrate. This is also the choice of families who choose not to celebrate holidays.
- Break Split Down the Middle but Include Holidays. This plan is similar to the plan described above, but also provides that the child will reside with one parent or the other for the holidays the family celebrates. This plan can work well as it ensures nearly equal time spent with both parents, and also allows for alternating holiday schedules so both parents get an opportunity to celebrate with the children. However, it can also mean more transitions for the children, and may be difficult in cases where the parents live far apart.