5 Tips To Help Manage Your Child's Holiday Excitement
Posted: Nov 15th, 2012
The holiday season gives all of us reason to get excited! Different levels of anticipation are often set for different ages; especially for children. For children, the holidays are a magical time of favorite desserts, gifts aplenty, grandmas and grandpas visiting, cooler weather, and festive decorations throughout the house and neighborhood. For parents, the holidays are full of planning, shopping, cleaning, hosting, and creating a magical time for family and friends. Back-to-back holiday months offer a steady amount of thrills and expectations as Thanksgiving meals and winter holidays follow one after another. At times, though, this excitement for a child can make a parent’s life a bit unbearable; especially as errands still need to be accomplished and houses cleaned. This season, follow these 5 helpful tips to keep the holiday spirits high and calm moments often for the sake of your child and yourself.
Maintain your child’s normal schedule. Maintaining regular bedtimes, naptimes, and meal schedules are imperative. Allowing a lucid holiday schedule of staying up late or waking up later will throw your children off, where keeping it similar to a normal day will stabilize behavior.
Limit shopping trips to a manageable time with built-in breaks. Sure, knocking out every single thing on your shopping list in a day would be ideal, but not with kids. Divide your trips into short increments and be willing to take breaks for kids to play on a playground, stroll in the stroller, or have a run. Containing children to your side for an extended amount of time most often ends in a meltdown.
Limit extra snacks, candies and cookies. ‘Tis the season for pumpkin breads, candy canes, and sugar! With generous friends dropping by and school parties, children are apt to consume more sugar. Avoid the rush and fall of a sugar high by limiting your child to a special treat now and again.
Keep safety first. Store-front holiday displays can be so enticing that it’s easy to forget they are a danger in a home with small children. Keep your home safe with non-flammable, non-breakable decorations that both you and your child can enjoy without fear of getting hurt or broken.
Contain the toy excitement to one room. Assign one room to be the playroom in your house, where all toys are played with and all toys stay. When having families with children over for holiday meals, often the entire house turns into a playroom in a matter of minutes and creates havoc for all involved.
Maintain your child’s holiday excitement this year with these 5 helpful tips. Make it your goal and theirs to enjoy this special time of the year without any headaches or meltdowns. It can be done! Enjoy the season, stay safe, and experience the magic that surrounds you!
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