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How to Help Kids Cope with Holiday Stress

The holidays are full of exciting adventures, new toys, visits from relatives and late nights. All the new experiences and outside stimulation can also be the causes of stress for adults as well as children. It's easy to get so caught up in all the festivities that you wake up one morning and realize that your kids are stressed, irritable and fatigued. Here are three tips to help kids cope with holiday stress.

Maintain a Normal Sleep Schedule

With all the extra parties, entertaining, Christmas programs and recitals, it's easy to disrupt the normal sleep schedule. If your kids are young and still take daily naps, make it a point to maintain those routines. If you know your kids don't function well if they stay up late on school nights, then do whatever you have to do to make sure they are in bed at their regular time. No child will be able to enjoy the holidays if they are not getting their proper amount of sleep.

Don't Overdo the Sweets

Holidays often mean the opportunity to indulge in some amazing sweets and desserts. But most Moms know that too many desserts will definitely spoil their appetite. If the kids are filling up on sweets, then they probably won't be hungry when it times for regular meals. Too many sweets will start to hurt their bellies and too little normal, healthy food will affect their energy level. Be the mean Mom if necessary and help them regulate how much sweets and desserts they eat.

Resist the Urge to Do It All

Between Elf on the Shelf, pictures with Santa, holiday baking, gifts for teachers, church and school programs and Christmas caroling, it's easy to be inundated with events and pressure to do it all. It's OK if you don't give handmade cookies to all your child's teachers or have your Elf on the Shelf do elaborate hoaxes every night. It's ok to miss out on some of the holiday traditions that others are involved in. Do what works for you and your family, then forget the rest. During the holiday season, focus on what is important and relax.

Enjoy time with the kids and show them how to stay stress free over the next few weeks!

Annmarie John
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  1. It's hard to resist the urge to do it all. I'm amazed there are only so many weekends in December before Christmas and they book so fast. It's frustrating.
    And the sleep/eating thing is so hard but so important!

  2. It can be difficult trying to get the kids to stay on schedule when they're out of school. I remember when I got out of school I wanted to stay up for as long as possible myself.

  3. I am so ready for my kids to go back to school tomorrow :) I think I might be more stressed than they are! I agree about sticking to a schedule and limiting sweets. My kids can go a little crazy with too much sugar.

  4. I think I'll be using all these tips for myself! ;)

  5. Great tips! So important to keep them on their normal routine!

  6. having worked in the home with many kids I know it's so important to help them maintain a sleep schedule...ruining their routine just creates chaos!

  7. Such helpful tips....only 3 but so very important! I especially like #3. It's important to savor each moment so doing it all may not be the best option, but a selected few that the kids can really enjoy.

  8. Some really good advice - I don't have kids myself but I have some friends I'll pass this along to :)

  9. These are great tips. Luckily my daughter likes to be kept busy so she does well this time of year.

  10. Great tips! I have a hard time resisting the urge to do it all. I get so excited about everything Christmas and don't want to miss a thing or let my daughter miss a thing, so i am really going to try to keep that in mind this year! :)

  11. Great tips, the sleep eating thing is so hard at this time of year :-)

  12. Good tips! Even I'm going to try to follow these tips to avoid the Holiday stress! <3

  13. I think my mum mastered these because I do not have a memory of stressed out parents, if they ever were and am sure they were they never showed it. IT was just awesome fun and happiness all around is all i remember. Great tips

  14. Stress is quite common after holidays normally elders are also suffering from heavy stress after spending long holidays; but in case of kids we parent should take very good care and provide them good attention in order to skip stress after holidays. Here these tips are really beneficial and appreciable and I am sure that while following these tips parents are able to make the kids stress free after holidays; great tips thanks for such wonderful tips.


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