“All of my friends are going away for the holidays. I won’t have anyone to play with or invite over. This happens every time we have a vacation, and lots of times on weekends. Everybody goes to visit his father in nice places, and I have to stay home because my parents aren’t divorced. Also, they get more presents.”
“That is hard, and Miss Manners sympathizes with you, but you have to learn that life is hard and we can’t always get what we want. Your parents have their own lives to live, and if they insist on finding happiness with each other, you have to accept and respect that, no matter how deeply you feel it interferes with your having a normal life like your friends. …
Judith Martin, Miss Manners’ Guide to Rearing Perfect Children: A Primer for Everyone Worried about the Future of Civilization, Atheneum, New York, 1984.