Surviving Thanksgiving as a Divorced Parent

Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating togetherness. However, newly divorced or separated parents often have a difficult time navigating this beloved family-oriented holiday. Depending on your child timeshare/custody arrangement, you might not have your children with you this year. Instead of allowing depression to wash over you, learn how to create new traditions and embrace the spirit of this holiday throughout the rest of the month. Thanksgiving is only one day, but you can feel love and gratitude for your children every day.

Make Your Own Thanksgiving

Without your children at the table, Thanksgiving might not be everything you hoped it would be. Consider making your own Thanksgiving and roast up a turkey on a different day. Thanksgiving can be whenever you want it to be when your family is with you. You might even be able to invite a few more friends and family members who might not otherwise be able to attend your Thanksgiving dinner. Additionally, your children will have the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving with both of you and not feel like they are missing out on spending quality time with both parents.

Here are some more tips to help you survive Thanksgiving as a divorced or single parent:

  • Focus on what you are grateful for: Of course, you are grateful for your children, but there are many other things in your life that you are likely also grateful for as well. Reach out to your friends and other family members to let them know how much you love them. Arrange a Thanksgiving get-together at your place for those closest to you or attend someone else’s. There is no reason why you should not try to enjoy this day, even if your children cannot be with you.
  • Stay off Social Media: Social media can be somewhat of a downer, so you might want to stay logged out to avoid seeing pictures of families spending the day together. If this is your first Thanksgiving without your kids, watching this holiday unfold on Facebook or Instagram might be too much for you to handle, especially if you end up seeing pictures of your kids enjoying the day with your former.
  • Give back to others: Helping others who are not as fortunate as you are can help remind you that you have a lot to be thankful for. Consider volunteering at a soup kitchen or another charitable organization in your area.
  • Take care of yourself: If you ultimately decide to spend Thanksgiving alone, engage in some self-care. Go for a hike, read a book you always meant to finish, or binge-watch a TV show and pour yourself a glass of wine. The possibilities are endless, so figure out what makes your heart tick and do it. It can become a new tradition for yourself on Thanksgiving or other holidays when you do not have the children.

Contact a Compassionate Family Law Attorney Today!

If you are experiencing problems with your current child timeshare/custody arrangement and you cannot resolve them without going to court, reach out to the team at The Law Office of Jerome P. Ventura for the experienced legal guidance you need.

Contact us at (954) 280-6119 to set up a free consultation today.

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