We pull them here. We take them there. We ask them to shake hands, make conversation and be on their best behavior.
For many kids, the holiday season is very stressful. Their routine is upset and it can turn a kid’s world upside down. While we are taking them out and asking them to do their best they may be somersaulting internally.
So how can parents enjoy the holiday hoopla while keeping the kids content?
- Open a Book – Wrap a holiday or favorite book (old or new) for every day from December 1 – December 31. Each day a child chooses a book for the family to read together at a designated time. Traveling… bring the books with and keep the routine going.
- Let them wear comfortable clothes. Yes, the frilly dresses and ties look cute but it’s hard to feel at ease when you are in stiff clothes.
- Bring along some of their favorite snacks. Not every kid likes lutefisk and lefse and when you are hungry it is hard to be on your best behavior.
- Try to maintain a consistent bedtime. If you know it’s going to be a late night it might be a good time to call a babysitter.
- Keep it simple. Many kids are overwhelmed by all of the gifts and expectations of the holiday season.
- Bake cookies together. Baking can be a great learning experience and a fun way to connect.
- Have a family movie night. For ideas of fun family movies check out this list.
- Try to remember the things you enjoyed as a kid about the holiday season and share them with your kids.