All posts tagged holidays

Three Great Gifts You Can Give Your Divorcing Friend This Holiday

Three Great Gifts You Can Give Your Divorcing Friend This Holiday

When you get together with your friends and family this holiday, your friend who is going through a split will bring lots of emotions to the table. Whether he or she is hurting or ready to move on and celebrate, here are three special gifts you can give. Continue reading →

Divorce During the Holidays: 6 Ways to Help

Divorce During the Holidays: 6 Ways to Help

My divorce was final on December 24, 2004 and I still remember the anxiety of spending the holidays alone with my daughter for the first time. Trying to make the season “merry and bright” when I felt everything but, was quite a challenge. If you know someone facing a lonely holiday season due to divorce, here are some ways you can help make it a little better.

Be Present
More than anything, no one wants to be alone for the holidays. S/he may have extended family to spend the actual holidays with, but leading up to those days can be just as lonely and painful. Invite your friend to some of your holiday functions, go shopping, or just to come over and have dinner or watch a movie so s/he isn’t sitting at home alone. Continue reading →

Holidays on a Budget: Six Tips to Help Your Friend Shop, Decorate and Entertain on a Budget

Six Tips to Help Your Friend Shop Decorate and Entertain on a Budget

The holiday season is quickly approaching. With three holidays in three months your friend’s budget could take quite a hit. With some smart shopping, creative thinking, and an eye for a bargain you can help your friend enjoy the holiday seasons for less. It’s important to start with a realistic budget and then make the most of a few creative ideas. Continue reading →

6 Ways to Help: Divorce During the Holidays

support

My divorce was final on December 24, 2004 and I still remember the anxiety of spending the holidays alone with my daughter for the first time. Trying to make the season “merry and bright” when I felt everything but, was quite a challenge. If you know someone facing a lonely holiday season due to divorce, here are some ways you can help make it a little better.

Be Present
More than anything, no one wants to be alone for the holidays. S/he may have extended family to spend the actual holidays with, but leading up to those days can be just as lonely and painful. Invite your friend to some of your holiday functions, go shopping, or just to come over and have dinner or watch a movie so s/he isn’t sitting at home alone.

Be Supportive
One of the emotions that’s sure to be amplified at this time of year is a feeling of loss – a loss of family, traditions and security. Your friend is going to need to work through what s/he is feeling. A LOT. Let your friend know you are there for him/her, day or night. S/he may just want to talk, cry or have a hug. Continue reading →

Make A “Giving Back” Date

Woman Gives Gifts at a Food Drive

I’m pleased to share my thoughts on how to best support your friend who is dealing with divorce or a transition in her marriage. Each month, I plan to share one easy and empowering tip that you can suggest to your friend as a way to help. This month, it seemed natural to focus on the benefit of volunteering as a simple way to help overcome and avoid the blahs.

Winter can be stressful for everyone, not just for those in a period of change. Your friend may be facing unique challenges, including new family rituals, more time alone or economic shortfalls. Suggesting that your friend help others is a great way for her to help herself. Giving back improves one’s self-esteem and creates a sense of community. Clemens Pietzner, President, Triskeles Foundation sums it up nicely when he says, “For someone looking for meaning, involvement and possibly change, Continue reading →