Family-centered holidays like Father’s Day can exacerbate feelings of loss, failure, grief, or anger for newly separated and divorced dads: those who will be apart from their kids for the first time on this special day may be dreading it. Children may also be missing treasured Father’s Day rituals – like bringing Dad breakfast in bed, helping to wash his car, or the whole family going out for dinner at his favorite restaurant.
“Take a moment to reflect on the fact that as a father, you have a responsibility to set a good example for your children every day – including on Father’s Day,” says Dan Couvrette, Publisher of Divorce Magazine. “You should celebrate in whatever way is meaningful and satisfying to you; whether or not they’re with you, you should mindfully work at being an inspiration for your kids.”
Father’s Day is different when you're separated or divorced, but “different” doesn’t have to mean “dreadful”. Divorced fathers can choose to surrender to sadness, or they can make an effort to find ways to enjoy the day – whether or not their kids will be with them.
Here are seven tips from the editors of Divorce Magazine to help dads beat the blues on Father’s Day.
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