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The holidays are tough for divorced parents

Many families find the holidays to be a happy and exciting time. Then there are the divorced families during this time of year with former spouses often fighting for the title of best parent, regardless of who has child custody. Families such as this exist in every state, including New Jersey.

The struggles of being a divorced parent during the holidays are fathomable, even to those that have seemingly happy family lives. Imagine spending this time of year with your kids, knowing that next year you won't see them all. This might cause you to attempt a perfect Christmas, adding more stress to a time of year that is already filled with anxiety.

One woman discussing her Christmases since the divorce included the first year, when alimony and child support were flowing in on schedule. She spared no expense, got the house two trees, bought two video game consoles for her two sons and gave her daughter a pile of gifts. The woman thought that this sort of Christmas would help the children cope. Four years later, alimony and child support had suddenly ceased and the subsequent Christmas was a little less opulent.

The mother remembers a man showing up at their door with a bag of gifts wrapped and ready to deliver to her kids-she's never seen him again but remains grateful.

She said that she does not want her kids to remember their Christmases with a sad mom. She chose to take a new approach this year, realizing that no Christmas is truly perfect and that all of them are actually perfect in their own way. She and her children have been through a tumultuous stretch of years that are highlighted by the differences in their holidays from year to year, something that many divorced families have been through and survived.

Source: Huffington Post, "I'm A Divorced Mom, And I'm Taking Christmas Back, Dammit," Jennifer Ball, Dec. 25, 2012

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