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How to help children deal with divorce during the holidays

The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time. Unfortunately, many children run into trouble during this time of the year because their parents are divorced.

Despite the fact that divorce brings many challenges to the holiday season, as long as both parents are on the same page, it is possible for everybody to get along.

Above all else, the best interest of the child or children should always come first. This is easy to forget, especially if the two parents are feuding, but it is of utmost importance.

Furthermore, parents should plan well in advance. It is better to discuss potential problems a few months in advance as opposed to waiting a couple days before a holiday arrives. For example, one parent could take the children on the actual holiday while another spends time with them the following weekend.

Last, but certainly not least, both parents should realize that children may experience some sadness during the holiday season. Even if you do your best to help them avoid these feelings, they may soon be down in the dumps. It is important to discuss these feelings and do your best to answer any questions.

There are many things parents can do to help children deal with divorce during the holidays. This is often as simple as making plans in advance and paying attention to the feelings, wants and needs of each child.

Divorce is never simple, and this definitely holds true during the holiday season. Both parents should work together to help their children enjoy this special time of the year.

Source: Bradley Hospital, "Dealing with Divorce During the Holidays," accessed Nov. 12, 2015

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