Survival tips for the holidays

If you are anything like us, there is only one full week left at school, WHAT?! I hear you cry. Are you, like me, thinking how you are going to fit everything in before the kids break up? Getting presents into the house, getting them wrapped as well as all the other prep for this time of year

Survival Skills for the Holidays!

Whatever you celebrate, this time of year can be stressful trying to get everything organised and with the expectation of a perfect day.

Survival Skills for the Holidays!
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Top tips for having a less stress time

Keep your schedule simple. It is easy to fall into the trap of travelling everywhere to see everyone, if this is going to end in you all being stressed is it worth it? Say no to what doesn’t bring a smile to your face.

It is tempting to have lots of late nights, but it’s just as important for you as it is for the kids to get you a decent night’s sleep. It’s the backbone of keeping us healthy and sane.

Don’t fall into the trap of comparing your celebrations with others. In the world of social media, we only see the best. We don’t see the messy kitchens or kids refusing to eat the dinner you have been prepping for days!
Be flexible on your expectations, relax if everything doesn’t go according to plan. I regularly have plus or minus two at the table on the big day, I now make sure there is always enough food and let go of the stress attached.

It is easy to get stressed at big family occasions. Try to remember it’s about the time you have together not what it looks like.

Find ways to laugh at what will inevitably go wrong.
Make time for fun in all the chaos, whether its a board or card game, just let yourself have a giggle with the kids

Pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself on a job well done, however imperfectly.
No matter what December holiday you celebrate, it isn’t about making cookies to post on Instagram. Your kids don’t need that, they need you, in a good mood, spending time as a family.

On that note, this is the last newsletter of this year, as I wind down work to spend more time with my kids.

Sending you a tonne of love to you and yours