The holidays can be a hectic time of year. To avoid burnout (for you and the kids), follow these tips to make sure everyone enjoys the spirit of the season.
- Make time for physical activity each day. Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean you can’t get in a quick workout. That goes for the kids, too! Do something together – like ice skating or taking a brisk walk. Not into outdoor winter sports? Do some yoga at home and have the kids participate.
- Limit sugar intake. Cookies, candies and other sweets are plentiful this time of year. It’s okay to indulge a little, but make sure your family isn’t going overboard.
- Teach your kids the importance of giving, not only receiving. Work together to go through outgrown toys to donate to less fortunate children and talk to them about why it’s a good thing to do.
- Try to stick to normal routines and sleep schedules. Going to sleep and waking at the same time each day (even when you’re on vacation) is good for your child’s physical and mental well-being. If you do let them stay up a little later than usual, be sure they’re getting enough shut-eye to avoid meltdowns the next day. Let them sleep in a bit the next morning so they wake up refreshed to avoid meltdowns the next day. Let them sleep in a bit the next morning so they wake up refreshed.
- Take care of yourself. If you’re stressed out, there’s a good chance your kids will pick up on it and act out themselves. Make sure you’re not doing too much or trying to make everything “perfect.”
- Remember to have fun! It goes by fast, so enjoy the holidays while they last!