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By Jann Blackstone-Ford

Via life like and depended on recommendation, this leading edge new consultant brings the occasion again to the vacations for combined households. Answering a myriad of questions detailed to mixed households, this entire source deals feedback on easy methods to make sure who hosts milestone birthday events, bar and bat mitzvahs, and Quinceaneras; coordinate who attends physical activities and live shows; and the way to respectfully attend a former relative’s funeral. A source advisor directory web pages and books completes this new manners handbook, which courses mixed households from the 1st recitals and vacation trips aside to sporting activities and graduations with fewer arguments and extra recognize.

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Halloween Halloween is a holiday that many divorced parents forget to list in their divorce decree when they’re dividing up the kids’ time. It just doesn’t seem that important at the time. But Halloween is often children’s favorite holiday, and it’s not uncommon for moms and dads to dress up and go trick or treating right along with the kids. After divorce, you have to decide who goes with the kids, or if there’s to be a neighborhood party, whose neighborhood? Sharyl and her kids’ Halloween ritual was always to congregate at the home of one of Sharyl’s best friends for a pumpkin-carving party.

How do you celebrate holidays, which are so often centered on children, without children? Try to establish a new, alternative tradition for those times when the kids are not with you—something you can look forward to that will help alleviate any sadness you might feel. For example, the first holiday my husband and I spent together after we married was a very lonely time for us. The kids were scheduled to be with their other parents, and we were very bitter about the whole arrangement. On the spur of the moment, our best friends asked us to their home on Christmas Eve, along with other “displaced” people who were either single or divorced or a little bit crazy.

Sharyl, Larry, and I discussed it first and then asked the other kids how they would feel about it. Everyone voted yes, and so at about three o’clock Thanksgiving afternoon, we all congregated at Sharyl’s home for the best Thanksgiving dinner in years. Sharyl made the turkey, and I made the mashed potatoes and gravy. To be honest, the first half hour was awkward, but the tension quickly melted away as we watched the kids chatting away at dinner. Melanie still says that our first time together was her favorite Thanksgiving, even though we’ve been celebrating together—trading houses each year—ever since.

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