The Teacher Garden - DECEMBER

The Heights Child Development Center


What, oh, what will you do with all of your time off? Hopefully you can answer that with rest, relax, renew and enjoy the spirit of the season. However, many of us cannot. In this issue, you will find some (hopefully) helpful tips on how to enjoy your Christmas and New Year surrounded with loved ones.
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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.)

The OPS Christmas Program was a HUGE Success!

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Christmas Eve Services at The Heights

Thursday, Dec. 24th, 3-5pm

201 West Renner Road

Richardson, TX

If you are looking for a place to worship this Christmas, you and your family are invited to visit The Heights for Christmas Eve Services. There are two service options, one beginning at 3:00 p.m. and one at 5:00 p.m. May the Lord bless and keep you this Christmas season!

Teacher Work Day / Student Holiday

Tuesday, Jan. 5th 2016 at 8:30am-2:15pm

201 West Renner Road

Richardson, TX

Don't forget our fun teacher work day on Tuesday, January 5th before the kids return on Wednesday, January 6th!

Do you have an idea or submission?

If you have any ideas you wish to share or pictures of a fun art, experiment, etc form your classroom to share, please email them to Jennifer at for inclusion in our next monthly Teacher Garden!