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10 Tips to Make the Most of the Holidays with Your Children

 

The holidays are a great time of year, especially if you’re a kid, but they can be hectic too, so here are 10 ideas to help make the holidays more relaxed and enjoyable for you and your children.

1. Spread holiday rituals out over several weeks to create a slow and pleasant build-up.

2. Children can get overly tired and wound up, which will spoil their fun time and yours. When possible, stick to routines like regular bedtimes and mealtimes.

3. Feed your kids before a holiday party if you don’t know when the meal will be served.

4. Manage your children’s expectations about gift.

5. Let your children open gifts from relatives early; if they arrive early, to avoid holiday gift overload.

6. Encourage generosity in your kids with acts of kindness.

7. Remember that your kids are kids. They will be excited and anxious, so don’t expect perfect behavior.

8. Celebrate traditions that instill a sense of family history and identity.

9. Remember that changes in your family — such as a divorce, death or deployment — may especially impact your children at holiday time. Some tips for making this easier:

• Give your children the opportunity to express their feelings; share with them what you are feeling.

• Make remembering a loved one a meaningful part of your holiday celebration.

• If a parent is deployed, record a special holiday message or prepare a care package to send.

10. Mark the end of the holiday to help prevent emotional letdown.


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Marcie Caulfield
VT Military OneSource Consultant

(802) 338-3164