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Holiday Survival Guide for Divorced Parents

Posted By Judy Williams || 23-Dec-2011

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are nearly 4 million divorced parents in this country, which means there are a lot of parents navigating the emotional waters of the holiday season.

As a divorced parent, this time of year you are likely to face issues that include holiday custody schedules, battles over presents, new significant others, or the pain of simply being alone or apart from your ex-spouse.

This article has some great tips for not only surviving the holidays, but actually thriving as a parent and enjoying the holiday season.

Alan Kazdin, a Yale University psychology professor and director of Yale’s Parenting Center, talks about one of the most important things to remember. “How you react to your ex-spouse is how you are teaching your child to handle conflict, stress and anger. Giving up a Christmas here or there means you’ll have your child long-term. You want your child to have an ally in you later in life. It’s not only more rewarding; it’s more worthwhile long term.”

We wish all of you a very merry Christmas!

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