Tips to Help Co-Parents Survive the Holidays without Conflict


Dads’ Resource Center looks at how peaceful co-parenting through the holidays can be.

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania – (November 14, 2022) – According to the Pew Research Center, the U.S. has the world’s highest rate of children living in single-parent households. With nearly a quarter of all children in the country living with one parent, it’s three times the number of children worldwide. Although the statistics are high, it’s essential to recognize how crucial it is to have still both parents involved in a child’s life. Although the holidays can be a chaotic time for co-parenting families, the good news is that with a bit of planning, it can be a peaceful and enjoyable time for all.

“For separated families, the best gift mom and dad can give their children is to work together pleasantly and reasonably,” said Dads’ Resource Center Executive Director Jeffrey Steiner. “What they want more than anything in the world is for their parents to get along and ensure everyone has a happy and relaxed holiday season.” 

Co-parents who don’t take the time to plan for a peaceful holiday season may find it filled with chaos and arguing. They may end up disagreeing over who will have the child and when what holiday events will be attended with the child and stress about gift-giving ideas. To help avoid this, it’s essential to think it through ahead of time and make a game plan.

Here are tips to help co-parents survive the holidays without conflict:

“We must do all that we can to encourage, rather than discourage, both parents being actively involved in the lives of their children so that they have the best chance of becoming happy, well-adjusted, and successful in life,” said Dads’ Resource Center Founder and Chair Dr. Joel N. Myers. 

Dads’ Resource Center was started by Dr. Joel N. Myers, a father of eight and the founder and CEO of AccuWeather. The mission is to help combat the issues associated with children growing up without their fathers in the home. At its heart, the center is a child advocacy organization that aims to ensure that each child has the appropriate involvement and contributions from both parents. To get more information, visit the site at:

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About Dads’ Resource Center

The Dads’ Resource Center is the leading advocate for single fathers. They believe that a father’s absence is a major factor in nearly every social issue our country faces and that all able and willing dads should be allowed to uphold their sacred responsibility as fathers. The DRC provides education, resources, and advocacy for single fathers struggling to be in their children’s lives due to the involvement of the family court, county, and human services system. To get more information, visit our website at:

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