Dec
03
2010

From The Globe and Mail

 

When it comes to children of divorce, as hard as it may be, you don’t want the holidays to be a time that they dread.

“Yeah, the holidays have a rich tradition with my family. It’s when Mom and Dad argue over every possible thing and always put me in the middle so that I get so tense I get have my annual holiday anxiety rash.”

We all want it to be a special time. But because the holidays are freighted with emotion, nostalgia and guilt, they can be tough to navigate. When parents are living in separate homes – often not getting along – conflicts severely dampen that festive spirit, and a vindictive spouse can quickly turn what is supposed to be a happy time into one of true unpleasantness and stress.

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Dec
01
2010

‘Tis the season for holiday parties. Unfortunately happy occasions such as office parties and outings with friends can be ruined by those who overconsume.

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Nov
24
2010

Happy Thanksgiving!


Rather than distract from dreams of turkey and sweet potato casserole, we just want to quickly remind you to be safe this Thanksgiving.

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Nov
23
2010

From The Globe and Mail

Dear Dr. Wolf:

I am a 50-year-old divorced father of three teenage boys. My youngest is autistic. My second boy taunts and harasses him whenever they're together. I've tried to explain to No. 2 that he should show a little more compassion and understanding. I've told both older boys of No. 3's situation and I've tried my best to explain what autism is about.

No. 1 is pretty good with No. 3. It's No. 2 who concerns me. I need a better approach to get him to see No. 3 in a different light and to see the damage that he may be doing to him.

– Worried Dad

Dear Worried Dad,

The way your second son acts towards his younger brother is an oft-repeated story of siblings – whether there is an issue of disability or not. Compared to an older sibling, all younger siblings do have a disability: They are younger, hence usually smaller, weaker, less smart.

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