Surviving the holidays with children

The holidays can be a lovely time of the year which can be filled with new adventures, fun and wonderful memories. However, for parents, managing the holidays with children can also bring some unique challenges. From navigating busy schedules to keeping kids entertained and ensuring everyone stays in good spirits, it’s essential to approach this time with a well-thought-out plan. In this blog post, we’ll explore practical tips to help parents create a fun and stress-free holiday experience for the whole family.

Set Realistic Expectations

The holidays often come with high expectations for picture-perfect time together. Remember that it’s okay not to have everything go according to plan. Setting realistic expectations can alleviate stress and allow you to focus on what truly matters – spending quality time with your children and creating fun memories.

Involve Children in Holiday Planning

Include your children in holiday planning to make them feel engaged and excited about the activities. Let them participate in choosing a holiday destination, choosing holiday activities, and even helping with age-appropriate tasks in the kitchen. Involving kids in the preparations fosters a sense of ownership and connection with the choices.

Stick to Routines

During the holidays, routines will get disrupted with late-night gatherings and busy schedules. While some flexibility is necessary, try to maintain essential routines like mealtimes, bedtime rituals, and nap schedules. Consistency will help your children feel secure and balanced amidst the holiday chaos. And most importantly will give parents a much needed break!

Plan Fun and Meaningful Activities

Create a list of age-appropriate holiday activities that the whole family can enjoy together. Whether it’s baking cookies, fun sports, or watching movies, having a schedule of fun and meaningful activities will keep children engaged and excited throughout the break.

Limit Screen Time

The holidays often bring an abundance of electronic gadgets and screens. While it’s okay to indulge in some screen time, it’s essential to set reasonable limits. Encourage children to spend more time engaging in creative play, reading holiday stories, or participating in family activities.

Keep Healthy Eating Habits in Mind

Indulging in treats is part of the fun, but it’s essential to balance it with healthy eating habits. Offer a variety of nutritious snacks and meals, and encourage children to savor treats in moderation. At the same time, be realistic. If you’re trying to balance work and kids at home, having sandwiches may be the best thing for them.

Prioritise Self-Care

As a parent, remember to prioritise self-care during the holidays. Take time for yourself to recharge, whether it’s reading a book, going for a walk, or practicing relaxation techniques. A well-rested and rejuvenated parent can better manage the holiday festivities and support the family’s overall well-being.

Lot’s of self compassion

Holidays are a real juggling act. Remembering that it is hard to manage work and children. We are not meant to be doing this alone and many of us find ourselves without family or a network of friends to help us entertain the children. Be kind to yourself and remember that you’re not expected to do it perfectly. Others in your place would be struggling just like you and would need as much support as you do or more. Take a moment to recognise that it’s hard, because it is in fact very hard to manage work and children at home. Take a break when you need it. Your children will benefit more from a parent who is being kind to themselves.

With a thoughtful approach, managing the holidays with children can be a fun and memorable experience for the entire family. Setting realistic expectations, involving children in holiday preparations, and prioritising meaningful activities can help create a warm and loving atmosphere. By emphasising self compassion, limiting screen time, and maintaining routines, parents can navigate the holidays with ease and enjoy a break with your children making new memories!