It’s just about that time of the year again! Snow (should be) on the ground, children (should be) on their best behaviour, family (hopefully) getting together for gatherings. As exciting as this time of year is, it can be stressful with children. Here are some of my tips for parent survival of the holidays!
- Take some items off your to-do list. With a serious case of teething, many traditions have been kicked to the curb in this house. I feel guilty, but I know that it’s better to do less and enjoy the time with my kids instead of getting out my Christmas cards this year. Plus it saved us a bit of money!
- Take the time to plan a few child friendly crafts to entertain the kids. It’s fun for the kids, plus it keeps them occupied for a few minutes while you get a few things crossed off your list. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy either. Today, M made Christmas ornaments out of construction paper circles. Super simple.
- Let the house work go to the wayside. People will understand. Or maybe not show up! Or not stay as long! Honestly, my house is a disaster at the moment, so I need to do something about it. But I’m talking about every pot is dirty on the counter and I had to shove a bunch of crap to the side so I could put the laptop down to type this.
- Stick to the schedule as much as possible! If your kids have a nap or go to bed at a certain time, keep it up! They may not go to sleep, but you will have a better chance of it if you stick to a schedule. Plus this helps minimize over tired melt downs that tend to ruin Christmas dinner.
- Keep lots of snacks in the house for your little ones! I know that in our house, we tend not to eat actual meals this time of the year for some reason, so I keep lots of fruit and veggies, crackers, cheese, etc. in the house for the kids to graze on. Helps with the whining as well.
- Lastly, expect melt downs. It’s to be expected. The kids are super overstimulated over the holidays and if they didn’t have a tantrum, then you need to Thank whomever and be grateful for well behaved children. (If you do have one of those kids, the best present you can give your friends is to not bring it up. They might not be your friends anymore.) I have had a child around for almost 12 years now, and I can’t remember a holiday that didn’t have an overtired, cranky, overstimulated child in it. It’s the magic of the holidays.
- And lastly, enjoy yourself! Start family traditions! Get outside and enjoy the cold! Hug your kids a little tighter!
This will probably be the last post until the New Years unless something comes to mind. So have a great holiday, enjoy the festivities and take the time to enjoy it through your childrens eyes!