Since my children were young, we’ve practiced the same Thanksgiving tradition. During the first week of November, we sit down together and make our “Thankful Turkeys.” We trace our hands (my youngest daughter’s are now almost as big as mine!) on recycled brown paper grocery bags, then cut our “feathers” from bright construction paper and write what we are thankful for on our feathers.
The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, even more so after divorce or separation. Memories of the past can bring up difficult emotions for both parents and children as they cope with the changes in their family. While the holiday season may feel different, planning and concerted efforts can help your child have a positive experience during these times.
As engaged, loving parents, we all want to support our children and cheer for their successes. Unfortunately, in our super competitive world, cheering for your child can easily veer into movie villain territory. Slate Advice columnist Mallory Ortberg – aka “Dear Prudence” -- has a response she often gives her letterwriters. She asks, “Did what you said sound like something the villain in a Reese Witherspoon movie would say?” If yes, she says, you may want to re-examine your words and actions.