5 Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress for Parents
- Cook/prep ahead When it comes to food, cook/prep ahead as much as possible. Make a list of what needs to be done and break down what you can do ahead, whether it’s making cookie dough and chilling it or, prepping veggies or making sides.
- Involve the kids in prepping and cooking as much as possible. My kids each have their favorite things they like to help. My oldest loves to do anything only he can do like cutting with a sharp knife. My younger 2 love to help make any treats using the mixer or dumping, pouring and mixing ingredients.
- Simplify as much as possible. I’m going very simple this year. We just threw a big rager for our twins 6th birthday so I’m still worn out! So I am really simplifying this year. I don’t love turkey and it was just our small family For Thanksgiving, so I got a rotisserie chicken and a pie from the store and only made some side. Nice. and simple!
- Know your limits and work within them as much as possible. We usually throw a big holiday party but this year, I just have too many other things going on, between my health issues last month and running my own business, I knew we needed to simplify this year. So we are doing a very small celebration with just a few close friends this year.
- Discipline in Private So many people spending so much time together, along with all that time off, is bound to result in some less than savory behavior. When your kids act up, as they are prone to do, discipline in private. If family or friends are over or you are over at their house and your child is acting out of line, be sure to pull your child aside and go to a private room or area for your discipline exchange. If you need some help with discipline, be sure to check out the discipline classes, intro to discipline, discipline tools for toddlers, preschoolers or elementary age kids, tantrums, power struggles and more! Also, have an out plan. If you are local and your child is getting to out of control, it’s OK to leave the gathering after a few warnings. My husband and I always tag team and one of us is always willing to take a misbehaving child home so the others can stay and enjoy if we need to! If you are staying with relatives, have a plan for how or where to go for the child to reduce the stimulation, whether it’s a walk, going to the park, or an indoor play area away from grandmas to let the kids blow off some steam!
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