Parenting During the Holidays after Divorce: Naughty or Nice?

A guest post from Angie Hallier

The holidays can be a rough time for divorced families. Traditions that were established for the family during the marriage inevitably change. One parent may be without the children for a part or all of the holidays, and there may be less money to go around than there was when the family lived in one household. But the last thing you want is for your children to have bad holiday memories to grow up with – memories of fighting, anxiety, stress, and guilt. Believe me, bad holiday memories will stay with children into their adulthood. I recently met a successful TV talk show anchor who told me he never had a happy Christmas until after he was married. His childhood was filled with horrible memories of divorced parents ruining Christmas by fighting every year over who would have the children, and then acting so poorly the children felt horribly guilty going to the other parent’s house. He said he and his siblings actually had to split up once so each parent could have “some” of them.
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Three Things Men Should Know About Buying Jewelry for Women

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Then again, they say pretty much the same thing about chocolate, don’t they? Hmmm… Chocolate diamonds! You couldn’t possibly go wrong with chocolate diamonds. Or could you? It’s all so confusing….

The problem is that as guys, we look at jewelry differently than women do. Some women would like to have us believe that we’re incapable of appreciating the subtlety of fine jewelry. But that can’t be true—plenty of famous jewelry designers are men (think Tiffany). Whatever the reason, we have a miserable time figuring out what to buy. Here are three quick tips that should help:
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What Not to Buy Him for Valentine’s Day

When it comes to buying gifts, it’s a tossup whether it’s harder for a man or a woman. But when Valentine’s Day comes around, all the promos are for feminine gifts, leaving a poor woman puzzled about what to get her man. According to a recent survey, 37 percent of men would be devastated if their significant other forgot Valentine’s Day. So spend some time and money to make your guy feel special. There are plenty of myths surrounding what to buy a man you love. The stereotype suggests that you should buy him manly gifts such as tools and beer, but hardly any guy actually fits just those stereotypes. Getting him a gift that goes against the trends shows that you love him enough to be interested in what he actually wants and needs. And isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about?

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