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Co-Parenting and the Holidays

Co-Parenting and the Holidays: Tips for Success with 2houses

Here comes Santa Claus! Here comes Santa Claus! Here comes stress and arguments! Here comes those moments when extended family are demanding time with you, with the kids, and you are suddenly faced with the logistical nightmare that can be the holidays.

However, it might not be Santa Claus. After all, there are a lot of people who don’t celebrate Christmas but it seems that all holidays can bring out a ton of stress, arguments and logistical nightmares when you try to be successful at co-parenting through them.

Of course, there are a ton of tips out there on how to be successful at co-parenting. We have a few tips ourselves. But tips are one thing and actually figuring out how to utilize them is another.

While you can do it the old fashioned way, with pen and paper and a whole lot of holiday cheer (or holiday spiced eggnog), there are ways that co-parenting holidays can be so successful, people will be amazed on how well you both pull it off.

What is this way of being so successful? You ask, and I’m ready to dish out the first gift of the season…use a mediation app. And not just any mediation app, use 2houses, which will exceed all of your needs when it comes to making the holidays run smoothly.

2houses Makes Creating those Lists Easy

Okay, first things first. Holidays are usually a big deal because you are dealing with presents for the kids. And boy, do kids have lists for days. Unfortunately, it can be difficult planning for the holiday gifts when the kids are floating between two houses.

Thankfully, 2houses can make those lists a little easier because you, your co-parent or the kids themselves, can go onto the journal feature and type in a list of gifts that they want. Since 2houses is so easy for kids to navigate, it is just as easy for them to look at the lists and modify them as it is for them to create their own.

A bonus with the journalling feature is that everyone who has access to the co-parenting app can look at the list and see what the kids want so if you have extended family on there too, they can look.

2houses Make Shopping Easy

So you have the list, now you can shop as co-parents. First, discuss where the kids can’t access it, usually via text, on what you are looking for at the gifts. One feature that 2houses has is that you can share the cost of every item on the list and create a budget in the budget feature.

You can choose gifts that come directly from each parent, which they cover the expense on their own, or you can split the cost of all the gifts together. When you use the budget tool, you can see what each parent has to pay out. You can even organize who is going out and purchasing what.

2houses Creates A Holiday Schedule That Works

One of the best features on 2houses is the calendar. Hands down, if you want to be organized, just get the app for the calendar alone. First, you will have the custody agreement already scheduled in. This will include agreements that you have for the holidays. You, your co-parent and your kids will all know where they are spending the holidays.

In addition, you can also set up your holiday events from school activities (such as plays) to extended family events that the kids need to go to. Another nice feature with this is that you can colour code extended family, school, sports and anything else so that it is easier to read on the calendar.

Finally, with the 2houses calendar, you can set times and even locations right on the calendar so that it is not confusing where and when you need to be.

And like many of the features on 2houses, kids can have access to the calendar as well, which will help relieve their worries on how their holidays will go.

2houses Keeps You Notified on the Next Event

Along with the calendar, you can set notifications so that you know what is going on every single day during the holidays. Set the alerts for the day before or even set multiple alerts. That way you’ll never be late, and you can set a notification to remind you on what you need to get beforehand or need to bring.

If plans change, you can make a request on the app itself and your co-parent will be notified, where they can approve or deny the request. This makes things a lot easier to organize when things are hectic around the holidays. And with ease comes less stress, which we all could use during the holidays.

2houses Lets you Save those Memories

Finally, since 2houses has both a journal and photo album, you can save the memories that you and your kids create over the holidays. And you can share them with your co-parent so they aren’t missing out on much when the kids are away.

The albums can be filled with holiday photos. And the journal can be filled with messages from the kids to the parent they aren’t with, or updates on how the kids liked certain gifts that were shared but were agreed to be opened at one parent over the others.

With these features, you can save memories, share them and simply keep it private between you and your little co-parented family.

2houses really is an app that helps take the stress out of organizing the holidays. While it can’t help you navigate those extended family relations, or wrap presents, it can make life and organization that much easier over the holidays. And really, is there any other gift co-parents want than the gift of stress free organization.

Why 2houses?

We are a co-parenting facilitator!


A calendar for everyone, getting organised when you’re divorced is a priority. 2houses provides you an online shared schedule, with many editing, adding, and sync features.


For us, as divorced parents, the financial topic is most of the time a conflict topic. Now, 2houses manages all expenses from each parent, keeps you informed on the situation, day after day, coins after coins.


Communication is key, this is why 2houses offers you an online messaging tool, simple, efficient and secure.


The journal is your quick family social network. You can easily share all information, news, photos, videos, and even your children’s funny quotes. The family is never far away, no matter where you are geographically located.

And many more features!

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