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Divorced parents often struggle with the holidays

The holidays are a special time for most residents of Louisiana. The celebrations begin on Thanksgiving, continue through Christmas and extend until New Year's Day. During these times, divorced parents often want to spend time with their children, but due to certain clauses in a custody agreement, it may not be their year to have the kids. Whether or not that's true, a parent should take steps to make sure that they prepare themselves and their children for the holidays.

One of the things that experts suggest doing is planning the holidays early. If your ex is supposed to take the kids for one or both of the major holidays, be sure to talk to your children about where they are going and what they will be doing so you can explain to them that they will not be with you on those days this year. This is when flexibility as a parent is important.

Instead, celebrate with your children on the weekend or the day before or after the holiday. The celebration does not need to be as large, considering that you and your children may be the only ones attending, but the fact that you still get to spend time with them enjoying the holiday means something for all parties involved. This also gives parents the ability to create new traditions after the divorce, separating the old and replacing it with something new and fun.

Some parents allow their kids to decorate the tree without letting any adults correct anything-this gives the children something that they have done for Christmas, something that they have made their own. Other traditions can be started too, such as making holiday cookies for the family. For those couples that can stand to be around one another still, perhaps try bringing the holidays together. You will know if this is too much of an emotional strain for you, so be wary when trying to bring the ex around to celebrate the family you once shared.

Source: Huffington Post, "Holiday Divorce Advice: How Divorced Parents Can Make The Most Of The Holidays," Dec. 19, 2012

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