CHICAGO, Nov. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The emotional and financial stress of the holidays can intensify parental conflict, leaving children with feelings of guilt and pain and no dad during Thanksgiving. Many of us will sit down and share a meal and the warmth of family during this holiday. Yet, this can be a lonely time for divorced dads. However, by taking a few important steps as Chicago Matrimonial Attorney Jeffery M. Leving explains on dadsrights.com, a divorced dad can find help for himself and his children.
Leving, author of How to be a Good Divorced Dad (Jossey-Bass), has compiled years of research that show the devastating effects of father absence. The presence of a father is even more vital around cornerstone events like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.
Over half of the children in Chicago are born out of wedlock, and many times, have two different homes during the holidays. Home is where the heart is, and regardless of how the home is structured, fathers are a crucial part to building the foundation.
According to Scientific Mind America, "children whose fathers are stable and involved are better off on almost every cognitive, social, and emotional measure developed by researchers."
Holidays provide opportunities to create memories and traditions to be shared, an essential part to maintaining stability and comfort in tumultuous lives that can grow and flourish from a divorced home. Use this time of year to create moments that your children can remember for a lifetime and, if you are being excluded from your children's lives, do not give up hope. Failure is not an option.
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About Jeffery Leving
Attorney Jeffery M. Leving has been named one of "America's Best Lawyers" by Forbes Radio and is the country's leading authority on fathers' rights. He is a pioneer in fathers' rights and has dedicated more than 30 years to strengthening healthy families and improving outcomes for children. He founded the Fatherhood Educational Institute, which provides critical parenting skills to fathers and seeks to eliminate father absence. Leving's latest book, How to be a Good Divorced Dad, received praise from President Barack Obama, and was endorsed by Cardinal Francis George of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
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