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Holiday Stress...why it might be tougher on children than you think

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Thanksgiving is typically a joyful day, when families to come together and count their blessings, but for the children of divorced parents, the holidays can become the most trying time of the year.          

Dr. Patti Patterson is a pediatrician with the Texas Tech Physicians. She says the most important thing parents can do when they separate, is listen to their children, and try to understand how they feel.  

"It's important to talk to the kids ahead of time, so that they know the schedule. It's also really important to simplify tat schedule as much as you can. And listen, it's important for them to have that great relationship. Remember, even though you're not spouses anymore, you're still parents and you need to be able to listen and understand what the kids are feeling."  

Dr. Patterson also suggests a great website for parents who want to learn more about raising healthy children, physically and mentally.  It's supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Just go to

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