4 Ways Parents Can Survive the Holiday Season

It’s supposed to be “the most wonderful time of year.” But the holiday season can be overwhelming and draining.

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1. Stick to Your Routine

Life during the holidays really picks up steam. Family comes in and out of town. Kids have end-of-the-semester projects and exams. Then they’re out of school for winter break. And extracurricular activities go into overdrive with concerts, tournaments and recitals.

2. Set Reminders

With all the school parties, volunteer projects, family gatherings, and recitals, it’s easy to forget a thing or two. We tell ourselves that we’ll remember, but let’s face it, we usually don’t.

3. Get It Done Early

It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday rush. To give yourself space for memories with your loved ones, get your holiday prep done early. Some things to get done early include:

4. It’s Okay to Say ‘No’

The holiday season can be very emotionally triggering. It is filled with high expectations and plenty of shoulds: I should buy my kids lots of presents. I should have lots of family and friends to share it with. I should be thankful and merry…but I’m not.

Conclusion: This Holiday Season May Look Different, And That’s Good

We want our holidays to be full of fond memories. But getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of high holiday expectations can take away from this wonderful time of year. Try approaching the holidays a little different this year. Stick to a routine, set reminders, get things done early, and be okay with saying ‘no.’

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