The holidays are a special time for everyone, but they are positively magical for kids. As every parent knows, however, all that magic can quickly lead to behavior breakdowns.
Illness, temper tantrums, over-scheduling, too many sweets and overstimulation can turn even the best kids into monsters and parents into tyrants. How can you get through the season without your kids turning you into the Grinch? Here are some helpful holiday survival tips to enjoy a healthy and happy holiday together.
Nothing ruins the season faster than a houseful of sickies. Remind kids to wash their hands often, never share cups or utensils, and to take their vitamins. An ounce of prevention is a much more pleasant experience than the pound of cure you would deal with in the middle of your busiest month.
Kids learn by watching you. If you tell kids there is more to life than material things, but never demonstrate that by acting charitably, the lesson will never sink in. When that happens, don't wonder why your sweet angel has a fit that he did not get the video game he wanted. Take your kids to help those less fortunate. Help them arrange a book drive for disadvantaged kids, sing carols at a retirement home, or serve dinner at a soup kitchen. Keep it up throughout the year and your kids will know the true meaning of the holidays.