As fun as all the holiday celebrations are, they often mean late nights, less “down-time” and more situations where my expectations for “well-behaved” children are high. All of this can lead to frazzled parents and crazy kids.
So how can we parent well during the holidays?
First, let’s start with a confession; the following tips are just as much for me as anybody. After witnessing my own meltdown as we frantically raced from one thing to another, I realized I needed to stop, before someone get seriously hurt, and re-set myself and my family. And that’s what good parents do. Good parents are not perfect parents but rather parents who recognize when they are getting off track and work to get it back on track.
So if you’re feeling the holiday crazies, here are some tips for getting back on track.
It’s okay to say no.
No isn’t always a bad word. There are lots of opportunities right now. Probably most of them are good opportunities but recognize when saying no is best for your family. To help me evaluate, here’s a question I often ask myself, “How is this benefitting my family?”
Communicate with your family.
You know what’s on the calendar but does your family? This includes spouses, your kids, grandparents, and all players involved! Typical family schedules seem to go out the window this time of year and you can help your everyone, but especially your kid, by letting them know what the changes are.
Don’t forget the downtime.
Downtime is important for us and for our kids. When we are going non-stop, we delete ourselves. Take time to fill your tank and make sure everyone else is getting a chance to fill his or her tank too.
Watch the Sugar Intake.
Sugar is everywhere this time of year. From cookie decorating to hot chocolate parties, it’s hard to get away from it. Sugar can affect our kid’s behavior in negative ways and probably our own! So make decisions as a family about what the treats and remember…everything in moderation.
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