Children can make Christmas Eve stressful for us. Luckily, we at Survival Life have come up with a few ways to deal with excited kids and make the holidays bearable and relaxing. Check out our tips in the list below!
How to Have a Stress-Free Christmas Eve
Ask any parent: Christmas Eve with kids is as fun as it is challenging. Parents have to juggle buying and wrapping gifts, preparing for Christmas dinner, entertaining guests, cooking and cleaning on top of their normal parenting tasks. Throw in all the excitement (and all the sugar) that comes with Christmas Eve with small children, and it’s enough to make even the most level-headed parents anxious and stressed out.
We decided to share a few survival tips to help you not only get through Christmas Eve, but make it a fun one for you and your kids. Check out the list below to see our own tips and tricks.
1. Set an example.
Kids feed off the emotional state of their parents. If you’re stressed out, they will sense that and become anxious themselves. On the other hand, if you are calm, cool and having a good time, the kids will pick up on that and mirror your positive attitude.
2. Go easy on the sugar.
It can be easy to overload kids with sugar on holidays, especially if Grandma and Grandpa are around. Monitor your kids’ sugar intake and make sure they aren’t getting too much. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 4 teaspoons of sugar a day for kids. This will keep them healthy and keep their energy levels down.
3. Get help.
The holidays can be very overwhelming, especially when you are the host. Don’t feel like you have to do it all yourself. Ask Grandma to read to the kids while you cook, or an older cousin to play a game with them so the adults can get some peace and quiet.
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4. If you’re traveling, keep the kids entertained.
For many of us, Christmas often means a long road trip to visit family. Kids are impatient, especially around this time of year. Ease the stress and restlessness by providing them plenty of in-car entertainment such as games, mad libs and portable DVD players.
5. Capture the memories.
Despite all the stress, Christmas Eve with kids is a special and magical time. Take a moment here and there to stop and appreciate this time with your family and to capture some of it in pictures or video. These will be memories you cherish for years to come.
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