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Christmas without the kids

written by Lucy Padula
11 · 16 · 20

Things to do at Christmas when your kids are not in your care
Christmas is a magical time of year, but it can be difficult to enjoy the holidays when your children are not in your care. Instead of wallowing for the season, use this time as an opportunity to do the things you can’t do with the kids. Read on for our top tips.

Enjoy some alone time
If you’ve ever had a toddler, you’re sure to know that you never truly get any alone time with one in the house. From interrupting toilet breaks to wanting to know what you’re doing every five seconds, having kids in the house can be tough! While you’re sure to miss your children if they’re not around at Christmas, there’s plenty of things you can do for yourself to make the holiday season more enjoyable. Here’s some ideas:

  • Spend some time on your hobbies. Whether it’s crafting, playing video games, or reading a book, take some time out to enjoy the things you like to do
  • Invest in self-care. Get a massage or a facial, spend a day at the salon, or start a daily meditation habit. Now’s the perfect opportunity to focus on you.
  • Set your own bed-time. Maybe you’re keen for a Netflix marathon without the pressure to get up early in the morning. Or, you could be dying for an early night and an uninterrupted sleep. Whatever it is, you’re in charge!
  • Enjoy the meals you like. The toddler won’t eat their vegetables, the teenager’s gone vegan, and the 10 year old’s decided they hate pasta. Guess what? Now you can cook what YOU want to eat!


Spend time with your mates
Depending on your circle of friends, your mates might have their own kids, or could be child free. Either way, if you can, try to spend some quality time with your friends this holiday season. Maybe the girls have been dying to leave the kids at home and go out for a wine and dine night. Perhaps the boys have been pestering you for a bloke’s weekend away. Whatever it is you and your friends are into, make sure to reach out and see who’s available for some adult-only fun. And remember, even if you can’t do something grand, an afternoon cuppa or a few weekend drinks is still something you can enjoy.

Rely on your family
While you might not have the kids this year, chances are you still have other family members that you’re able to visit over Christmas. If you don’t live near your parents, now might be a great time to visit them for some one-on-one bonding before Christmas day. You haven’t seen your sister in a while? Organise a pre-Christmas shopping spree or pampering day. Remember that those closest to you are there to support you, no matter what. Whether it’s relishing in your kid-free time, or getting some support while you’re struggling, reaching out to your family can be a great way to make the most of Christmas time.

What are your plans for holidays? Let us know below and share your best Christmas time ideas.

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Lucy Padula

Lucy is the Principal of anderson Family Lawyers and is an Accredited Family Law Specialist who considers it of utmost importance to assist her clients in resolving family law matters fairly and with integrity.