Dealing with divorced parent guilt can be extremely difficult during the holidays. Often, divorced parents wonder if they’re doing enough to make the holiday season special for their children. Here are a few tips newly divorced parents can follow to have a great holiday season with their kids.
Parenting During Divorce
You may not have your kids this Thanksgiving but you can be thankful you’re not sitting across the table from a turkey!
When parents are more focused on the legal process of divorce and their own emotional needs than their children’s needs, those children are irreparably harmed by divorce – and they suffer due to parents who are unable to parent and divorce at the same time.
During a bitter divorce, children can feel like their parents care more about scoring points against each other than they do about their kids’ well-being. Use these tips to prioritize your children’s mental health – and help to avert the tragedy of child suicide – as the family restructures.
Divorce is a time of intense change, upheaval, and uncertainty. Your ability to grieve the loss of how things were and embrace this new reality, and get your children to do the same, will play a significant role in helping you all to move forward.
Do not give up your children and throw in the towel because of their social lives, inconveniences, and teenage hormones. It would mean the world to a child to receive a phone call every day, or every other day, saying the simplest things; a five minute call.
Initial communication regarding your divorce should be as short as possible. Let your children know there will be changes because of the divorce, and that you will both be there for them no matter what. Choose your wording carefully.
It is always important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to introducing a new partner, and there is no guarantee that even if you do it the “right” way your kids will fall in line.
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