While everyone looks forward to the holidays, adults and children alike, us moms can’t help but dread the late nights, early mornings and long days with the kids. Lots of kids wake up the same time every day no matter what time they go to sleep the night before. The result? A long, cranky day, with possibly another night of partying. Here are a couple of tips to enjoying and surviving this holiday season.
1. Make sure your kids nap. If they don’t usually take a nap, make a contest or offer them an extra snack to take to school if they rest. A well napped child will be happier at night and less tired the next morning.
2. Get a babysitter for late parties. Grandma will understand that the kids can only come to day parties.
3. Put your kids to sleep where the party is. If you’re going to your sister’s house, you can ask her to set up a pac-n-play or beds. This way, your kids can start out at the party and when they get tired, you can put them to sleep.
4. If you have no option but to bring your kids, it’s okay if you leave early. You don’t have to stay late just because the party is not over yet. Your sanity is more important.
5. If you bring your kids, let them have frequent time-outs on the couch. The next day, you can have a relaxing day. You don’t have to run to the mall with them to get last minute gifts. That can wait until they’re in school or your husband is home to watch them.
The important thing to remember is that the holidays are supposed to be an enjoyable time to spend with your family and friends. It’s not meant to be high-stressed, dreaded time. It’s okay to say no now and then. Just stay cool and relaxed, and enjoy this wonderful season!