For separated families Christmas can bring great emotional upheaval. Arrangements that have worked throughout the year come under immense pressure during the additional festivities and family events Christmas holidays bring.
Even parents who do not celebrate Christmas feel that the time away from work is precious, as multiple bank holidays and downtime comes but once a year.
Children feel this pressure too, often feeling torn about spending time with either parent and leaving the other parent “lonely”. The article attached gives some nice tips helping to make Christmas as peaceful and enjoyable as possible for the children of separated parents.
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Let’s all take a step back and have a new perspective on the holidays: It is one day. Of course we’d all love to spend the whole day as a family, but relationships break down and people remarry and circumstances change. So be a grown up. Ask your kid what they want. Don’t make them feel guilty. And always, no matter if your heart is breaking, act like whatever time you get with them is enough.