How to Turn a Missed Holiday into a Special Event: Tips from and for First Responder Families

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Psychologist Ellen Kirschman is the author of I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know, I Love a FireFighter: What the Family Needs to Know, Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know and the Dot Meyerhoff mystery series. Sign up for her newsletter at

Missing holidays is one way in which first responder families (and many shift workers) are different from the typical American family. They have to be. The work demands it. Fortunately, first responder families are also creative, ingenious, and flexible. I am grateful to them for the following suggestions.

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Kirschman, E. (2018, December 1). How to turn a missed holiday into a special event: Tips from and for First Responder families. Ellen Kirschman.

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