We’ve seen it happen: Kids get older and holidays get tricker. Gone are the days of easily acquired, inexpensive, brightly colored plastic bringing guaranteed squeals of delight on Christmas morning. Gifts get pricier, and older kids don’t always want or need quite as much…stuff.
Most families are touched by divorce in some way, and the holidays can bring up all kinds of questions and challenges for single or re-coupled parents, children of divorced parents (including adult children), and blended families. As Meagan enters her third holiday season post-separation, Sarah picks her brain about everything from the practical logistics of sharing the holidays with an ex, to the emotional landscape of the holidays as a divorced mom.
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