Oh yes, yesterday I was feeling nostalgic, hopeful, even merry and bright. That was before our first day of Christmas vacation.
Today containing the caged beast that is six children pre-Christmas was overwhelming, draining and, for a moment, it drew out some grinch-esque qualities in their mother.
So here it is… here’s my top six ways to not kill your kids this week.
Remember they aren’t entitled to any of this.
A gift is a gift is a gift. This time of year brings out the “I wants” in kids and the “I have-to’s” in parents. We don’t have to a create Walt Disney experience, buy everything on the list or even let them make a list. You get to give the blessings on your terms. You are Mom.
Enforce the law of gratitude.
None of us love every present we receive, but we better love the effort that the giver put into it. We better say thank you. We better make sure our kids say it too.
Run off steam.
We have unseasonably warm weather that let my kids ride bikes in their tank tops tonight and it was magical. Whether its playing outside, in an empty basement or taking them to an indoor playground, let them run, run, run.
I am no science research specialist, but in my experience of raising children who are now 2, 4. 7, 10, 12 and 15 the amount of TV time is definitely connected to undesirable behavior. Make movie and TV time a reward.
All the cooking, cleaning, shopping and giving leaves moms wore out and susceptible to extreme impatience. Prevent mommy meltdown with a little self nurturing.
Not of the children, but of yourself. You aren’t supposed to do it all. You aren’t supposed to create a perfect Christmas. You are supposed just be present for your family. Instead of sharing stuff, just share you.