Facing the most important family holiday of the year, Thanksgiving, as a newly minted single mom can be emotionally challenging. Here are a few options to make the day more enjoyable for you, your children and your former spouse.
- Have the kids spend the first half of the weekend with you and the other half with your ex, splitting the day of Thanksgiving down the middle. Just be sure you are in sync with your former spouse and the kids don’t eat too much at the first meal. Or have them enjoy the food in one place and the football games and family activities at the other house.
- Another option is to celebrate Thanksgiving before the traditional Thursday Thanksgiving. We celebrate on the Tuesday before the Thursday. That way we avoid all the horrific travel snafu’s and the trauma and drama of dealing with persnickety exes.
- If you don’t have family nearby connect with the other single moms in your area. You can create a new Thanksgiving tradition with them. After all, everyone’s gotta eat! If you don’t have a tribe in place, check out mommeetmom.com. It’s a new website for moms to meet other like-minded moms in their neighborhood. It’s like a dating service for moms.
The essence of Thanksgiving is about taking time to reflect and be grateful for what we DO have in our lives. You have your health, your beautiful children, and many many days ahead to create new traditions as a family. Enjoy!
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Guest Writer – Kerri Zane
Kerri is an Emmy award winning television executive producer, healthy living expert, single mom advisor, speaker, and author of “It Takes All 5: A Single Mom’s Guide to Finding the REAL One.” published by Morgan James, (November 2012). She is the family travel expert for Peter Greenberg Online, a regular contributor to What’s Up For Kids as well as various mommy blogs.