Suggests Not Carving Up the Kids With the Turkey
CENTURY CITY, Calif., Nov. 8 LAWFUEL – Law News, Law Jobs — Stacy Phillips, Los Angeles celebrity divorce attorney and author of Divorce: It’s All About Control – How To Win the Emotional, Psychological and Legal Wars, (http://www.controlyourdivorce.com) is concerned about those divorced couples with children who may play “divorce war games” with one another over the holidays — using the kids as collateral damage. She offers them ten tips:
1. Get counseling. The holiday season is undoubtedly the most
distressing time of the year for everyone associated with a broken family, especially the children. Prepare for it with a trip to your favorite therapist.
2. No “one-upsmanship.” Don’t try to “out-buy” the other parent with gifts, vacations, and lavish extravagances. The children can see
through your veiled attempts to have you become the “favorite” parent.
3. Give a little. Be flexible with child visitation and time share. The children are already torn with the going back and forth between you two. A tug of war over the holidays ruins the spirit for them.
4. Include everyone. Even if you don’t like your ex-spouse’s new
significant other, he/she is still part of your child’s family.
Giving gifts? It’s kinder to put everyone’s name on the present, not just the mother or father’s (unless the gift is a personal one).
5. Focus on others. Give your children a holiday message. Have them help you gather a gift basket for a solider in Iraq, make a visit to
an assisted living care center to provide some cheering up to the
elderly, or bake some cookies for your kid’s homeroom class. No
better way to say “goodwill to all.” These acts of kindness tend to de-emphasize the divorce wars!
6. Surround yourself with good cheer. Invite friends, family and others — especially those important to your children — over for fun, games or a good home-cooked meal. Also, visit others who make you and the children feel loved, special and cared for.
7. No bad-mouthing. Even if your ex is late in returning the children,and even if she or he says bad things to you or about you in front the kids, don’t react. Wear the “white hat,” always.
8. Lessons learned. Be a good role model. Children will often emulate their parents’ behavior. If you demonstrate kindness and charity, so will they. Show them you refuse to start, or engage in, any divorce war during the holidays!
9. Peace on earth. Remember what the holiday season signifies: peace and goodwill. Haven’t tried already to get along better with your ex? Let the yuletide season kick it off. Your children will consider this a real gift.
10. Look ahead. The holidays are temporary; the typical nostalgia that accompanies it will wane. With the New Year just around the corner,
concentrate on all the wonderful events you’ll enjoy this coming year with your children.