Saturday, December 4, 2021

FIVE THINGS PARENTS CAN DO TO STAY SANE DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

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The Christmas holiday season is here! While this time of year can be a lot of fun, the holidays can also be quite stressful for parents. In fact, it’s not unusual for the festive period to turn to a “shouting fest”.

This is why as parents, you need to start making arrangements or seek ways to unwind, relax, and stay sane, while enjoying the festivities. Here are some interesting coping tips that will help you keep it together and avoid losing it. Make sure your time with family is full of cheer instead of jeer.

Get the Kids Out of the House 

If the weather isn’t too bad, you should consider taking the children out to look at downtown holiday decorations, get some exercise at an outdoor skating rink, go see Santa Claus, or visit a local attraction that may be spruced up for the holidays. Community Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies are always nice events to get you out of the house.

Family Game Time

No thanks to the new Omicron variant, many parents are likely to want to stay indoors during this season. If you’re wary about taking the kids out, arrange for family game time with both tabletop gaming and video games that all ages can enjoy playing together. When kids are engaged with things that they find interesting, they’re likely to stay calm and cause less trouble. 

Take Some “Me” Time Every Day 

Your “ME” time can be spent on anything you enjoy. Watch your favorite TV shows, enjoy some anti jokes or comedies, play your favorite music, or just sit in your favorite chair sipping some hot chocolate or Irish coffee. 

This will help you de-stress, increase your tolerance, and keep you centered. Some people prefer meditating for 15 minutes every day, while others spend some time working out. Whatever works for you, do it. 

Pick Some Fun Activities 

Fun activities can often transform pretty stressful Christmas holidays into something truly enjoyable. Some great activities include dance challenges or party games - for instance, you could play “don’t let the balloon touch the ground.”  Create an indoor race track with slot cars or have LEGO building challenges. There are a ton of awesome fun ideas that you can use to ensure the kids, and you, have a lot of fun even if you are couped up inside.

Get the Kids to Participate in Outdoor Activities

I know that most people are likely to be holed up inside their home due to winter weather. But that doesn't mean families shouldn't venture outside for some exercise and fun. Take a dog for a walk, throw a football around or take a bike ride if the weather is nice. If snow is on the ground enjoy the winter wonderland building snowmen and snow forts, sledding or having a snowball fight. By the time they come back inside, they’ll be tired and looking to catch some rest.

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