In this episode, counsellor Laura Petrie talks about how to navigate relationships with ex-in-laws after a separation or divorce, particularly during the holiday season.
Laura shares her five tips for managing these situations, including setting up for success, including putting the children first, setting boundaries, thinking long term, and taking care of oneself.
“Set yourself, your ex, and your children up for success by clarifying logistics and expectations before holiday events.”
“Decide who you want to be and how you want to present yourself in challenging situations.”
02:24 – Challenges of dealing with ex’s family during Christmas
04:14 – Importance of preparation and clear communication
09:29 – Putting the children first while considering mental health
10:53 – Balancing children’s needs with personal well-being
11:51 – Coping strategies for visiting ex’s family during holidays
13:48 – Setting boundaries and managing emotions during family events
16:15 – Importance of planning and preparing for social situations
17:50 – Having topics and responses prepared for awkward conversations
21:35 – Thinking about long-term co-parenting and future events
22:43 – Challenges of maintaining a connection with ex after divorce
27:37 – Take care of yourself; plan self-care activities
35:05 – Advice for mothers or mother-in-laws hosting Christmas lunch
Laura is a Counsellor & Coach, a solo Mumma to two gorgeous boys, a nature lover & a joy seeker, who went through a journey of personal development to transform her life from simply existing, to designing & living a life she loves!
Laura is a big believer in taking small, consistent steps towards change, and is passionate about supporting her clients to create the life and lifestyle they desire!