I raised two children on my own, both having November birthdays. Whew - things got tight!
Just remember it's you they love and not the number of gifts you give them at Christmas.
I made a tradition of taking my kids to the local shopping mall to choose a child's name from the giving tree. They would typically choose someone that they related to. You know, by the toy or item the child wished for. It was a tradition that I think has paid off in terms of the people they have become thus far.
Oh, another tradition - pancakes, bacon and eggs for Christmas breakfast. Sometimes we had cheese in the eggs, but definitely maple syrup for the pancakes. Much more affordable than other feasts. :) good times
Complex as my moods have been labile, that is going up and down. This time of year can often be depressing to me because I had the onset of some severe neurological symptoms about 5 years some of which are as yet unclassified and difficult to treat. I also have some standard mental concerns, especially mood related as in the past it was a difficult time of the year with family. I did speak to my psychiatrist yesterday about some potential help with a clinical study he is trying to get me into as well as some standard mental concerns. I am also glad one of my last remaining friends I havent heard from in a while got back into touch with me.
Since my family has a history of bipolar although this was not known when I was growing up that was difficult for me. One thing I did realize is that sometimes negativity can come from other people as well, including at this time of year and thats part of what I have to learn to cope with.
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