Co-parenting can be difficult. But realize that Mother's Day and Father's Day have special importance if you are divorced, separated or have ended a relationship during which you had one or more children. Yes, it's a day to have your children with you to celebrate.
But it is also a day to demonstrate something to your children. A day to show respect to your former spouse or the person with whom you had a child. A day to help your child celebrate a parent which hopefully will be repeated by the other parent.
Hopefully, your child or children have a healthy relationship with both parents. Your child deserves to have a loving relationship with a mommy and a daddy. It is not healthy for a child to hide his or her love for the other parent, just to keep you happy. Encourage your child to have that loving and respectful relationship with the other parent. Strive to particpate in good parenting.
Help your child foster and maintain that healthy relationship. Take your child to the store to buy mom or dad with a Mother's Day or Father's Day card. Help them buy a small present for the other parent. Make your child feel that it is okay with you that the child loves the other parent. I know this may be difficult or even painful for you after the acrimony that went on during the split up and/or the divorce. Nevertheless, push your anger into the background and focus on the benefits to your child. Watch how it may also improve your relationship with your former spouse or partner.