Our expert says:
Don't let an excessive fear that you may feel sad or even depressed AFTER the holiday, spoil the holiday. It's not likely to happen, and if it did --- what a mshame if you had not allowed yourself to enjoy the days beforehand ! And you're not the world's worst mom -- good grief, to you realize the wort of women in even the top 100 for that title ?
You know perfectly well that your mom can't even run her own life without utter chaos, so she's hardly an authority valid to criticize you. And you know that the fuss your ex made about the braai was ridiculous. Tell your mom that if she EVER again threatens you, you will call the police and lay charges against her. And if she again gets drunk in front of the kids, or insults you in front of them, she will nto be allowe4d access to them again.
I'm sure you will manage the holiday excellently --- you clearly care about it more than most people do, so will probably encounter even fewer hassles and problems than everyone does ( holidays are never 100 % joy ). Have a good time, relax and enjoy the kids and let them enjoy you. Bon voyage
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