12/12/2012 04:13 pm ET

My First Christmas After My Divorce: 'We Woke Up Together For The Sake Of The Kids' (VIDEO)

Julia Torres Barden told host Alicia Menendez on HuffPost Live Tuesday how her own parents' divorce led her to handle the holidays during hers.

"Because I knew the pain of never spending any holiday with my father, I couldn't imagine now imparting that same experience for my children," Torres Barden said. So despite the difficult situation, she let her ex-husband sleep on the couch.

"We woke up together for the sake of the kids on Christmas morning," she said.

Other guests contributing to the conversation were Joanie Winberg, Zoe Bergeal, Steve Grissom, and Terry Gaspard, founder of

Watch the full segment at HuffPost Live.