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Navigating the Thanksgiving Table
Thanksgiving is a holiday about being grateful, which may be difficult when you’re navigating the stress of divorce or uncoupling. The first (or even fifth) Thanksgiving with your family is bound to have some challenges, but we have some tips that might help the process:
Keep Traditions – continuing traditions, especially for your children, can provide a sense of familiarity and stableness in an otherwise rocky time.
Start New Traditions – make the holidays even more meaningful by thinking of new traditions that can occur with one parent or the other. This allows your family to create and adjust to a new family life.
Take Care of Yourself – There may be moments when you find yourself without the whirlwind of guests that usually follow with the holidays. Plan ahead for how you would like to spend that time, especially with something that is meaningful and enjoyable to you.
The holidays are a wonderful opportunity to stay connected and to make new memories. If you or someone you love is curious about divorce and how it may affect their families, please have them reach out at BarkusLaw.com.
Nataline Van Note is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a High Conflict Divorce Coach out of Littleton, Colorado. She focuses on people with a high conflict divorce, as well as those who are recovering from narcissistic relationships and struggling with parenting or co-parenting after divorce. With more than 20 years of experience, Natalie uses behavioral skills training and other modalities to work with her clients, empowering them to embrace their new life with confidence, optimism, and the knowledge that they can handle challenges as they come.
Her passion comes from her own experience. Natalie knows what it is like to live in a one-sided marriage and to be married to a narcissist. She recommends that anyone who is contemplating divorce heed their intuition and talk to someone about moving forward.
“Do not be afraid to be the first to petition for divorce because your spouse is narcissistic or otherwise causing conflict consistently. If it seems like too much of a weighty thing to do, that is a good time to contact both an attorney and a high-conflict divorce coach,” Natalie shares. When we asked her what she wishes she could tell her younger self, she replied, “I would have told myself to wait for the one who is empathetic, dependable, and concentrated on making a joint journey with you. Never settle for the shiny object in the room called the narcissist.”
When not helping her clients, Natalie plays piano on her baby grand, and travels with her friends. She also knits and spends time with her dogs. Her website has information on how she can help you through the various stages of your divorce and afterward.
I learned first-hand what it is like to live in a one-sided marriage, thinking that, “I am the crazy one. It couldn’t possibly be any other way.” How wrong that turned out to be!”
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