Friday, December 23, 2005

Making holidays bright

Here's a really good article on how parents can help make the holidays, and any day, easier for children of divorce. The author is a divorced mother who reflects back on what she did right and what she did wrong, based on input from her now 27-year-old daughter. Pointers include:
1. Don't let your legal rights to see your kid trump what's really best for the child
2. Invite one of your child's friends along so they'll have another kid around
3. Help young children buy a gift for the other parent
4. Make sure your child actually gets to enjoy holidays, not view them from afar while whisking between homes
5. Don't compete or criticize when it comes to gifts
6. Never bad mouth the other parent
7. Have some joint family time
8. Let your child stay connected to extended family

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