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Holiday Survival Guide for Busy Parents

Holiday Survival Guide for Busy Parents

The holidays are upon us and with so much shopping, wrapping, planning, baking, traveling, cleaning and whatever else it is you do to get ready for can be just plain exhausting. There are lots of issues that can crop up around the holidays with behavior and kids can even feel your stress.

Our recommendations call for connection to each other, managing stress, making memories, having fun and teaching appropriate social skills {we share some below from the guy in the big red suit}! Below is an assortment of articles that can help with some of those holiday take you into the next year a little more well-rested and ready to face the new year. It's a virtual platter of holiday cheer for your eyes. Feast your eyes on these:

Simply click on the red-highlighted links to read more about each topic below:

Help kids manage holiday stress - Kids can get stressed just like adults. They even feel your stress. Here are some tips to help your kids (and yourself) cope with holiday stress.

Getting rid of the 'gimmies' - Materialism, conspicuous consumption and greed. What do kids really need to be happy. The research tells us, and here we break it down into an easily digestible read.

The Santa Rules for Social SkillsBefore the BIG guy got too busy with the season...I had a chance to sit down with him and gather up his tips on social skills. They are simple. They aren't all gussied up with technical jargon. Just pared down, doable ideas that are within the reach of all of us! And when we can do it, we can teach it to our kids!

Snow day activities for kids! - The kids are jumping for joy. It's a snow day! Now, what to do with them all day? Here are some great ideas!

Sing Your Stress Away - Hum, sing or harmonize. Singing helps reduce stress. Have a family sing-a-long or go caroling. Need inspiration? Follow the link for a Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long Songbook. You can read about why singing is good for your child's brain HERE.

Making a Naughty and Nice List? Here's why you might want to reconsider.

'Presence' for the holidays - Your child called. He said he wants more "presence" from you for the holidays. S~L~O~W down, play a game, read a book or just BREATHE with your child. Give a gift your child will ALWAYS remember.

Bake with Your Kids - Make it more relaxing with these 9 tips!

Snowballs (cookies) for everyone! - No matter what climate your child lives in, she can still have snowballs! Melt in your mouth, not in your hand variety!

Activities Galore to keep the Kiddos Busy - You'll find more than 275 Christmas Activities and Ideas through this post.

Oh, and let us know what you think. Do you have any other ideas to simplify and survive the holidays? We'd love to hear about it! Just comment below.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!


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