Handling Holiday Custody Battles

Handling Holiday Custody Battles
Dear Debbie,
My husband got custody of our two sons for the major holidays. Since he has the money, they obey him in everything. I’m depressed that I don’t have them on the holidays. In fact, I’m sick over it!(Tina)

Dear Tina,
The law is the law and you have to yield. Anyway, whoever said that the holidays have to be celebrated on the one day that Hallmark Cards or the Media says they do! Celebrate on a different day with all the fixings! It will surprise your children, prolong the festivities and give you a chance to do your own thing. Remember, kids grow up quickly and make their own decisions. They can see into the heart with their instinct. So, while your ex may have won this battle, he did not win the war. Love them and do your thing with integrity and you will reap what you sow.
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