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Stress-Free Holidays

Q. How can I keep the holidays as fun and stress-free as possible for me and my family?

 

A. While children often delight in thinking about the upcoming holiday season, many parents dread the work and expense that comes along with decorating, making meals, scheduling special holiday events and finding gifts for children and loved ones. It can be easy to get frazzled when a million things need to get done, traffic is heavy, and stores are crowded, especially when we try to cram in too many activities, commitments and responsibilities. If the holiday season has you all tied up in knots, toss the guilt for not keeping up with all the expectations and start taking care of yourself and distilling the season down to what’s most important to you and your family so you can relax a little and truly enjoy the holiday season.

Here are some tips for relieving holiday stress:

  • Try not to overbook the family. Stick to meal and bedtime routines. Communicate to children in advance about new things that are going to happen and when and where they will take place.

  • Remember that your own behavior impacts the behavior of your child. If you are frustrated, anxious or argumentative, your child may also act those same ways. When shopping in crowded stores, be conscious of your behavior towards salespeople and other shoppers. Children learn powerful messages about how to treat people by watching you. Choose not to be upset when things don't go exactly the way you planned.

  • Remember that for babies and toddlers, less is more. To avoid becoming overwhelmed with holiday activities, choose a few meaningful experiences, and decline others. There will be other seasons to experience all the holidays offer. Give your children and other family members a chance to participate in cooking, decorating, shopping and other tasks to take some of the burden off of you. Remember that it's more about the process - sharing an activity with your family - than the end product.

  • If the spending, commercialism and the "gimmies" of the holidays are getting you down, take some time to participate inblankets to families in need, or volunteering at a homeless shelter or food-bank. It is great to give children perspective and an appreciation for helping others, especially during the holidays.

  • Take care of yourself. By taking time to nurture yourself you will be better equipped to take care of all of the people who depend on you to care for them during the holidays. Take walks in the rain, or in the brisk winter air, set aside time to relax, and remember to get enough sleep!

Resources:

Holiday Stress-Busters: Advice for Parents. Ann Svensen. Family Education Web Site. 2011. Web Article:
http://fun.familyeducation.com/stress/december-holidays/29691.html?page=1&detoured=1

15 Parenting Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday. Baby Zone. Web Article: www.babyzone.com/showers-and-parties/holidays/children-holiday
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Enjoy a Stress-Free Festive Season. Lisa Murphy. Kaboose.com. Web Article: http://just-for-mom.kaboose.com/stress-free-holiday.html

 
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