For most families, the holiday season is a joyous time of year but for others, like divorced and single parent families, it can be a really dreadful and stressful time. The holiday tradition of reminiscing tends to conjure bittersweet feelings for both parents and children of divorced families. Holiday celebrations remind them of the way things “used to be” and awakens them to the reality of a compromised celebration. The holidays will never be the same again.
Kids have anticipated this all year long – summer vacation. In my adolescent years, I remember my summer vacations being the best time of my life. I had no responsibilities, I can sleep in all day, I didn’t have homework and I had lots of time to hang out and do whatever I wanted. Yes, those were the days.
When you’re parenting on your own, you need to be a jack of all trades and a master multi-tasker. There isn’t enough time in the day to do everything and you may find yourself exhausted. If your kids are young, it takes a lot of physical energy to keep up with their dynamic, vibrant personalities and if they are adolescents, it takes a lot of emotional strength to manage the challenges they’ll throw at you.
Ghoulins, goblins, witches and magicians. It’s that scaaaaary but fun time of year again when kids are out late knocking on doors and getting all dressed up to get as many goodies they can get their hands on. For most kids, it’s a day full of excitement and anticipation, but for some parents, it’s a day full of fear and anxiety as the street celebration can sometimes turn ugly.
With the rising cost of living and the increasing demands of a career, some families have opened their doors to extended family members, like grandparents, to help with raising their family. For some, it’s a cultural norm to have in-laws, cousins or members of the nuclear family living in the same home, but for others it’s a matter of economic necessity.