The Teacher Garden - DECEMBER
The Heights Child Development Center
IT'S CHRISTMAS BREAK ... ENJOY
Some "Relaxing" Tips for the Christmas Season
The #1 Holiday Survival Skill for Parents
- Give up on perfection and accept that real parents get reality holidays, complete with messy kitchens, cranky kids and events that you can't get to because somebody needs a nap
- Pare back your schedule to do only the essentials. Just say "no" to whatever doesn't bring you joy.
- Make sure you nurture yourself and stay in balance. Start by getting enough sleep.
- Focus on family connection, rather than shopping or events.
- Just say "no" to comparing yourself to anyone else. You can't see inside their family; you can only do what seems right for your family in this moment, and that is more than enough.
- Be sure your own expectations of the season are reasonable. (What makes you think your difficult relative will suddenly be less difficult this year?)
- The minute your mood veers from loving to frenzied, stop. Hug your children and regroup.
- Count your blessings and say thank you for everything good in your life, every day.
- Find ways to laugh at what will inevitably go wrong.
- Pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself on a job well done, not just in December, but all year long.
None of our December holidays are about shopping or Instagram. They are about the transformative power of faith, love and light. So fill your home with the real meaning of your holiday by focusing on presence instead of presents ... which means keeping your own cup full, so you can fill everyone else's.
(Excerpt taken from article written by Dr. Laura Markham, Ph.D.)