Part 2: Parent’s Guide – The ABC’s for Surviving the Hectic Holidays
I hope you enjoy the next few days filled with tips on ways to enjoy the holidays!
G is for GO OUTSIDE:
It may be chilly, but it is refreshing. I avoid going outside at times because it seems to take FOREVER to get the kids dressed and bundled up. But really…it is WORTH IT! Get some fresh air, even if it is only for 15 minutes. Take a moment to enjoy all the hard work you spent decorating, or if you do not decorate during this season, stop and appreciate a neighbor’s decorations. Walk about your neighbor and have your son or daughter describe the different lights and displays! Here is another resource that might help get everyone outside!
H is for HELP:
Ask for help! I struggle to ask for help from others as I am usually an “I will do it myself” kind of person. But if you find you really have your hands full, then you should ask for a little help. Doesn’t hurt to ask, and there are a lot of college kids home for the winter break that may just have some time to lend to a neighbor or family friend.
I is for INSIDE OUT:
If you have not seen this movie, you should! It is finally out on DVD and more than enjoyable. Both of my kids watched the entire movie without moving! And it is more geared toward the adult mind than you’d think. Take a break and enjoy this with your kids. It will allow you to discuss emotions and how we deal with them in an expected manner; a topic that is so difficult to comprehend for so many children. Social-Emotional skills are more important then ever!!! So get some popcorn and take a holiday break. I guarantee it will be worth your time and it will foster a great learning experience for your kids as they get a creative glimpse of what emotional regulation is all about!
J is for JOKES:
Challenge yourself to laugh at least once a day. It is so healthy to laugh! According to www.helpguide.org, “Laughter is good for your health. Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter boosts the immune system.” For a daily giggle, check out Reader’s Digest Daily Jokes.
K is for KEEP THE KIDS’ BEDTIME
It is so very easy to get out of sync with bedtime routines when it is a holiday break. Sleeping in a bit more in the morning leads to staying up a little later. But, that first day back to school is BRUTAL! So, start getting the kids back into their sleep routine a day or two before you MUST. Cause we all know that most dreaded feeling of hearing the alarm sound at the ripe hour of 5:00 A.M. BLAH!
L is for LET IT GO!
This means a lot to me. Yes, the beloved song from Frozen that we have all heard far too many times, but also the actual meaning. Some things you need to just let go. Who cares if some things in the house are a little dusty? Let it go. Having the memories of the holidays is far more important than concerning yourself too much about being super neat. It is going to be messy in a few minutes anyway, right? So back to that song. YUP…we have all heard it too many times. See the link below to give you a chuckle, cause you know that is how you REALLY feel! Let it Go Mom Parody
Stay tuned for more!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS ALL!