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Surviving Easter and school holidays when you are not spending time with your children

Surviving Easter and school holidays when you are not spending time with your children

Easter – advertisers and Instagram would have us believe it is a time full of family. A time full of camping, egg hunts, hot cross bun parties and in Bendigo, the Easter Festival.

With that 4 day block of public holidays – to say nothing of school holidays as well - it can be a really challenging time if your post-separation parenting arrangements do not provide for you to spend time with your children.

When the children are not with you and you’re struggling, keep yourself occupied – perhaps do things that you would not otherwise be able to do when the children are with you – go to a great restaurant, catch a movie, get your to-do list done, keep your house tidy(!) or catch up with friends. Don’t get too hung up on having to have the children with you on the dates our culture marks as the family ones. Figure out other ways to make it special as of course, you should try to make the most of the time you do have with your children whenever that is.

Remember, you can also celebrate the special occasion on a different date when you are spending time with your children. There would not be any children who would be upset to have to celebrate Easter for another day. Create new traditions!

Being prepared can avoid such difficulties. If you think your arrangements could be better, make a time to see one of our experienced [Family Law team] ( for further advice by calling 03 5445 1000. Your current arrangement may need tweaking or there may be avenues available to obtain a more appropriate arrangement.