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Difficulties of Thanksgiving Parenting Time

If you share parenting time with the other parent of your child(ren), Thanksgiving can be a difficlut time. Thanksigiving is one of the more difficult holidays for parents to share. It is a difficult holiday because it is one of the few holidays that is celebrated by nearly everyone (therefore it is noramlly attractive to both parents) and because each parent's family usually has their own traditions for the holiday. Also, the holiday typically involves some travel, making it very difficult to share the children with the family traditions of both parents.  

While parents may often decide to alternate the holiday each year (e.g., the father has the children for Thanksgiving in even years and the mother has them for odd years), many parents decide to divide each individual holiday. Due to the logistics involved, dividing the holiday can lead to a stressful situation. If you divide each individusal holiday, please be sure to confirm plans with the children's other parent at least a week or two in advance. Too many parents assume that they are on the same page as the other parent only to find that when the holiday arrives, they cannot agree on how where the children are supposed to be and when they are supposed to be there. Taking the time to check with the other parent in advance will make sure that there are no mishaps during the holiday and that your children will have the most enjoyable holiday possible. 

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