Holidays with Children after a Divorce

by Norris Law Group on December 23, 2014

If you are getting a divorce or have already divorced, spending time with your ex-spouse may be the furthest thing from your mind. But if and your ex you had any children, it may be necessary to maintain at least a civil—especially around major holidays. Dr. Robert Emory writes in Psychology Today about how to successfully get through holiday activities after a divorce.

Dr. Emory says that it is entirely normal to feel angry after a divorce. You may have good reason to be angry; you may have lost your home and maybe even an ongoing sense of security. You also may be furious with your ex-spouse if he or she behaved in a way that was disrespectful to you or your children.

Emory goes on to note that adding children into the mix changes everything. He submits that divorced parents absolutely must put any differences aside for the sake of the children—even if it’s only temporarily, and even if it feels unnatural. Emory suggests that after a divorce, parents should view the task of raising children as nothing more than a “job” that they must take on together. Of course, it would be ideal of you and your ex-spouse can sustain a real, sincere friendship. But there is no need to “force” a friendship with your ex-spouse, whom you no longer love and may not even like very much.

Dealing with the holidays after a divorce can be difficult. But Dr. Emory encourages divorced or divorcing parents do all they can to “put on a happy face” and make the holidays fun for their children.

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