Kate’s Corner: Tips For a Happy Holiday Season
Posted December 8, 2009on:
The holiday season is officially here! Now that the ghosts and goblins have marched past your door, there’s no stopping it. The shelves at the stores are already stocked with red and green, and we will be bombarded with Christmas trees, glitter and holiday music from now until December 26th. Television commercials, newspaper flyers and catalogs are already hyping Christmas, and as we know, our children are very susceptible to the glitz and promises that the media promote.
As parents, we are also susceptible – to the myth of the perfect Christmas. We imagine ourselves entertaining with the house decorated like something out of Martha Stewart’s magazine, with everyone dressed in velvet and using their best manners, with the family gathered around a gourmet meal, wreathed in smiles. We would love to give our children everything on their Wish Lists.
The reality is, we often find time, money and resources tight and children — as well as adults! — not using their best manners at the holiday season. Perfection is impossible to achieve, but here are a few tips that can help make this stressful time of year more joyful for you and your family.
- Think and plan ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute to run out for anything. Save time, money and nerves by getting things done a little at a time, starting today.
- Be realistic and set clear expectations. Children are often led to believe that they can have everything they see on television or the catalogs because no one tells them otherwise. If you (or Santa) will not be buying something they are hoping for/assuming they will get, say so and help your children find realistic alternatives to anticipate.
- Set the tone by your example. Time is by far our biggest hurdle. It is so important for children to know that they are our first priority, by the time we spend with them. Take a few minutes to enjoy the happy times of the season together. Even a few minutes planning simple holiday events together can be wonderful.
- Be good to yourself. Be conscious of the things that are stressful to you at this time of year and avoid them or deal with them constructively. Children also tend to be overly excited and anxious at this time of year. They can’t help it — there is too much going on all around them. If you can feel good about yourself and what you are doing, then your children will have the calm in the storm they need.
At EduKids, we love sharing our holidays with you and your children. We wish all of you a joyful and peaceful holiday season.
Make learning fun!
-Kate dust, EduKids Education Director