Parents that are separated can often struggle during the holiday months, as the strains of a divorce can take their toll on children and the extended family for both of the former spouses.

The Huffington Post reported that a lack of empathy during this period can have a disastrous effect on children who are caught in the middle of a struggle. Parents should keep in mind that their kids didn’t create the situation.

Although disagreements may still occur between the former couple, it is imperative that they are able to hold these discussions away from the extended family and children during the holiday months. If there is still tension that exists, situations with both sides of a family should be avoided.

According to the news source, parents should switch off holidays or take turns each year in celebrating with their children and the extended family. This can allow for drama-free time that can help kids feel stable.

With the divorce rate at close to 50 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, couples need to realize that these problems are not only theirs, and with a certain level of understanding, they will be able to get through the holidays.

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