While there is often a lot of discussion about how difficult single parenthood can be, it seems we often focus on the logistics--how to take care of everyone and still have a social life, how to be a good parent and develop a career at the same time, how to budget as a single parent. But there is an emotional burden that is often overlooked.
This year, my ex asked to have the boys for dinner on the first night. Even though it wasn't his usual night, he promised to have them home for bedtime. It took a moment to register but I realized that I was no longer a necessary part of this holiday. He is now ready to take on this tradition on his own.