With September coming to a close, we are getting closer to the holiday season. Before you know it, you’ll be stuffing turkeys, wrapping presents, and ringing in the new year. But if you’ve just gone through a divorce, facing the holidays as a single parent can be scary. So here’s some tips for holiday single parenting that you may want to check out.

Holiday Single Parenting: How to Do it Alone

Get Crafty

One of the toughest parts about holiday single parenting is that the budget may be much tighter this year. So you may not have the money for gifts and activities like you had with your partner. In that case, you may want to try to get crafty. Making things can be a great way to make sure you have gifts for your kids. In addition, it can be a way to make new traditions if you want to allow them to be apart of the fun. You may try making ornaments or ginger bread houses together. As a a single parent, it can be important to figure out new traditions for your smaller family to enjoy. So getting crafty is one way to stick with the budget and make holiday memories together.

Protect Your Credit

If the budget is a little tighter this year, you may consider going the credit route. Just because you’re a single parent doesn’t mean your kids don’t want the cool, expensive toys on the block. But when holiday single parenting, it’s important to still remember to protect your credit. Even though it’s tough to be in this position, you don’t want to break the bank. Credit can be tempting because it allows your to give your kids what they want. But it may end up hurting you in the end, so be sure you think about this before you buy.

Accept Help

During this time of holiday single parenting, it’s important to accept help. Many friends and family may recognize this will be a tough time and offer to help. In the moment, you may feel the need to be independent and prove you can do it all by yourself. But the fact is, you don’t have to. If you have loved ones that want to help– give gifts, take your kids out for fun, come over and bake cookies, whatever they want to contribute–allow them to do so. When you see your kids having fun, you’ll be glad you did.