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You’ve been divorced for five years. You and your ex-spouse have joint custody of your now thirteen-year-old son Terrence. Terrence’s holidays have always alternated between the two of you. This year Terrence is spending Thanksgiving with you. You recently remarried (about six months ago), so this is the first big holiday Terrence is spending with your new spouse, who has planned a big, traditional Thanksgiving dinner, with a lot of extended family. Terrence is already unhappy that this Thanksgiving marks a big departure from the way the two of you have always celebrated the holiday.
In the past, you have gone out to dinner and spent the day with just the two of you watching football, tossing your own football around and hanging out. You still have the football games to watch, but now there is a crowd in the living room sitting around the television; and tossing the football around has evolved into a competitive game of touch football.
Terrence has made no attempt to hide his unhappiness, though he has been careful not to be too blatant. However, any subtlety vanishes at the dinner table when he rudely criticizes the food. He calls the sage cornbread dressing your spouse has made “disgusting crap”, describes the whole berry cranberry sauce as “nasty”, the giblet gravy as “revolting” and the turkey as “a dried out mess”. (In fact, the turkey is fine.) He ignores your signals and even your unmistakable warning. You’ve put up with a bit more than usual in the hope of salvaging some semblance of a pleasant meal; but now your spouse is tearful and the guests are all looking very uncomfortable, as Terrence seems hell-bent on being impossible. What will you do next?