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First Holiday After Divorce: 8 Tips For Surviving It Solo

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There’s nothing like the holidays to make a newly divorced or separated person feel disconnected and lonely. Everywhere you turn, you’re reminded of your new status. Your friends are spending Thanksgiving “just with family.” Holiday cards featuring perfect-looking parents and children appear in your mailbox — and your Facebook newsfeed is overflowing with happy, smiling couples and families. You watch a commercial for “It’s A Wonderful Life” and burst into tears.

You may feel alone in this — but in reality, you’re far from it! According to the 2017 U.S. Census report, 110.6 million American adults aged 18 and older are single. That’s a whopping 42.5% of the population. So give yourself an early holiday gift and let go of your self-consciousness. Instead, start thinking of ways to make the most out of this holiday season. Here are some suggestions to get you started…  Read more

Holiday Co-Parenting: Spending Thanksgiving Without Your Kids

thanksgiving parenting time It’s your first Thanksgiving since your separation, and according to your parenting time and holiday agreement, your kids will be spending the day with their other parent. When holiday traditions change, it can lead to anxiety, sadness, stress, and loneliness. Need help coping? Here are some tips to help you get through the day…  Read more

The Gift Of Facetime: Virtual Parenting Time Over The Holidays

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Not scheduled to see your kids in person over Thanksgiving or the December holidays? Skype, Facetime, and other forms of internet “e-visitation” may give you a second chance to enjoy holiday parenting time together!  Read more

Top Co-Parenting Tips For A Smooth Handover At Holiday Time

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Holidays can be a challenging time for divorced families especially when people crave glowing, Norman Rockwell-type gatherings. It can be upsetting having to split holiday time with your ex and knowing that the person passing the gravy to your kids is not you, but your ex’s new partner.

These experiences, combined with the cultural expectation to have a Hallmark holiday, can send divorced parents into emotional overload. So how do you keep your charged feelings from spilling over onto your kids? Especially at handover time, which can seem like traversing an emotional minefield? Here are some tips for managing holiday drop-offs with true co-parenting finesse. Read more

14 Gifts to Give Your Divorced Friends (or Your Ex) This Holiday Season

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Make the holidays a little happier for newly divorced friends and loved ones with these light-hearted gift ideas. Is it your first holiday season since your separation or divorce? Put yourself on your own gift giving list! And if you’re really feeling generous this year, there are even a few gifts listed below that might be the perfect present for a former spouse. Read more

Positive Co-Parenting Over Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate family and all that we’re thankful for, and for divorced families, the day is no different! Usually, the only ingredients needed to bring joy — not stress — to the table during the holiday season is a little creativity and flexibility in co-parenting strategies. Ready to dig in? Here are 5 tips for a more relaxed, happy and child-centered Thanksgiving. Read more

8 Tips For A Super Solo Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving will be here in just a few weeks. Are you newly separated or recently divorced? You may have even more to be thankful for this year. Whether you spend the day solo or not, here are some tips for making this holiday a happy one. Read more

Top Tips for Successful Halloween Co-Parenting

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This year October 31 falls on a Friday, which, as a newly separated or recently divorced parent, you may already be aware is the traditional day of the week when children switch homes for weekend visitation with their other parent. What does this mean for Halloween? No matter where your child spends it, here are some co-parenting tips for how to make trick-or-treating safe and fun for everyone. Read more

Anti-Valentine’s Day Songs: What’s On Your Playlist?

Mushy cards. Chocolate-filled hearts. Roses everywhere you look. In case you haven’t been keeping track of the calendar, it’s Valentine’s Day — a day that can inspire dread in anyone going through a divorce. How do you get through 24 hours celebrating love and romance, when your life is filled with anything but? Turn up the music! And we don’t just mean listening to happy tunes (though upbeat music can help). Inspired by Read more

All Kids With Divorced Parents Want For Christmas

Wrapped gifts under the tree are always a treat, but what do kids with divorced parents really want this holiday season? It’s probably not the latest fad toy or video game, but three things only you and your children’s co-parent can give: Read more