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Tips for surviving the holidays as a single parent

You may feel like a single parent even though your child's other parent is actively involved in his or her life. You are the one, after all, who has to care for the child on a daily basis, help with homework, get onto him or her about chores and hold his or her hand when illness strikes.

For those wondering how to survive the holidays as a single parent, it might be easier than you think. Here are some tips to help.

-- Learn how to use Skype and similar software. You can communicate with your child face-to-face now even when he or she isn't in your home. Many parenting plans now make full use of of video chatting in order for both parents to stay involved in a child life. You can still see your child on Christmas and make your holiday wishes.

-- Create new traditions for the holiday. You and the child's other parent likely had some traditions for the holidays. Instead of sticking with those same traditions, why not create new ones that are just for you and your child. This will help keep the holidays special and give you both something to look forward to each year.

-- Surround yourself with family and friends. You can accept that dinner invitation even though your child may not be with you. Spend time with your friends, hang out with your family and relax knowing your child is having a good time with his or her other parent.

There's no need to stress over the holidays. Just because your child's parents may not live together anymore doesn't mean you all can't get along for the sake of the holiday and your kid's happiness. Learn that you have a life away from your child -- even if it's only available when he or she is at the other house.

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