Many people look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, not only for the delicious meals that are prepared but the togetherness that it brings for families.
Most of us love to come together during this time of year but it can also cause A LOT of stress.
Unfortunately, some need a little help surviving the tantrums and situations that sometimes come along with the holidays.
You may think I am just talking about the children’s tantrums but depending on the family, there may be some adults having tantrums as well.
Read on to find out how to cope:
Holiday Survival Guide: How to Survive the Chaos
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- One of the best things about having a survival guide is that you can plan ahead. Have all the details ready including the seating when it’s time to eat, maybe make a seating arrangement just in case. Have guest rooms set up in case you have a guest stay overnight or even a place to let the little one’s nap.
- Determine your ground rules before the day of your gathering. These could be topics that could lead to heated discussions, politics, or even sports. We all know there are some families who have that sports rivalry. To make things less stressful for you, ask your guests to bring a dish. Some can bring foods, drinks, desserts, and even disposable plates, forks, napkins, cups, knives, spoons, etc. that help you with the cleanup time after everyone has finished eating.
- Have plenty of finger foods, fruits, and veggies available while the meal is being prepared or everything is being set up. This will help keep the kids and even the adults out from under your feet. If you have children of different ages have plenty of activities for them. Whether it is playing games outside like tag, hide and go seek, football, or inside activities like watching another TV in a quiet room, playing games, or coloring. If there is an older child (tween/teen) to help watch over the little ones is a great idea, so that you can play host and get everything in the kitchen ready.
- Every family has people who don’t get along, children who misbehave, or something that may go wrong. Try to remember the reason you are gathered and that you had the opportunity to spend time with your family no matter the circumstances and then you can recuperate until the next holiday.
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