In case you were wondering how Gwyneth Paltrow and her new husband spent Thanksgiving last week, your wait is over: in addition to Paltrow’s kids, they also spent the holiday with Paltrow’s ex, Chris Martin, and his new girlfriend, Dakota Johnson, making Paltrow not only the Queen of lifestyle blogging but also the Queen of Post-Divorce Co-Parenting. She also has really, really good skin.
Anyway, I’m neither a former child of divorced parents nor a divorced parent myself, and it’s hard to say what I would do if I were one. Of course, I would prioritize my kids, but I’m not sure if that would include spending holidays with an ex. I think that would/could be especially difficult, but fucking kudos to those who are mature enough to do it and lucky enough to have amicable relationships with exes to facilitate such a thing. I don’t sit around too often thinking about what I’d do if I were divorced, but if I WERE a divorced parent managing custody arrangements and, I think, if it were Drew’s turn to have the kids for Thanksgiving, I’d hightail it over to Paris for a long weekend of chocolate croissants and me time. Sure, I’d miss my kids, but I wouldn’t miss the turkey.
What about you? If you were the child of a divorced couple or are now a divorced parent yourself, how did/do you manage holidays? Have/would you ever spend a holiday with your ex (and each of your new partners) for the sake of your kids? Would you, like Gwyneth does, vacation with your ex and your kids all together?