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Helping Children Cope with Divorce: Putting the “Merry” in Christmas

Helping Children Cope with Divorce: Putting the “Merry” in Christmas

Kids have a great capacity for joy. Kids also need security and routine. The changes of separation or divorce may leave kids conflicted about whether it is okay to be joyful at Christmas. Their sense of security may be rattled by the unknown as familiar traditions are necessarily impacted by separation and divorce.

Yet children are amazingly resilient. With a little help from you your kids can still find joy in Christmas. Here are three things to help you help put the “Merry” in your children’s Christmas after separation or divorce.

1. KEEP SOME TRADITIONS AND […]

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Helping Children Cope with Divorce: 5 Tips for Dealing with Your Ex at Christmas

Helping Children Cope with Divorce: 5 Tips for Dealing with Your Ex at Christmas

How do I help my kids have a good Christmas when the family is split? asked a worried parent.

You can keep the merry in Merry Christmas for the kids even if you and their other parent are at odds. You cannot control the behavior of their other parent but here are some suggestions for working with your children’s other parent as the Christmas holidays approach.

MAKE CHRISTMAS ABOUT THE KIDS rather than about your divorce-related issues or squabbles. The question is, “how can I work with their other parent to make Christmas as smooth and happy as possible for our children?” […]

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When Your Ex Neglects the Children—Three Truths to Remember

When Your Ex Neglects the Children—Three Truths to Remember

Sharon feels she is doing okay with her divorce but she is beside herself over her husband’s neglect of their children.  Conner says his biggest struggle is seeing how his wife’s leaving has hurt their children.  “I’ll never forgive her for what she did to them by deserting them,” he says. 

What do you do?  You see your children saddened by their other parent’s absence.  It breaks your heart but no matter what you say to your ex, things don’t change.  Or maybe the other parent is totally absent.

It feels like a no-win situation.  You know […]

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