Parenting

Five Tips To Survive Holiday Hell

Oh, the weather outside might not be frightful but the grocery store and mall are. This time of year can bring so much stress and anxiety even to the most even keeled mom’s and dad’s. Keep reading for my Tips to Survive the Holidays.

1. Shop Online or Early.

Amazon Prime can be a wonderful thing. However, if you cannot justify the cost, like me, there are still lots of options to save on shipping. While this is an awesome way to get things done while staying in, another alternative is to shop before the holiday rush hits. If you’re looking for savings, shopping right after the holiday is another great way to save money.

2. Patience. LOTS of Patience.

When running your everyday errands, make sure to leave a little earlier than you normally would. You have to have patience to sit in traffic and deal with the masses that are out and about this time of year. Deep breathing goes hand in hand here. There is nothing that resonates better with me than this. Just going to the grocery ends up being an hour ordeal for what should have been a 25 minute trip… drive included.

3. Family Game Night.
Leave the stress at the door and plan a game night with the family. Bring everyone together to relax and have some laughs. I know what you’re thinking… the kids are going to find something to argue about. You’re probably right but let each kid pick a game of their choice and hopefully that will keep it to a minimum.

4. Plan A Spa Day.

Carve out a day just to pamper yourself. Whether it is a massage, a mani/pedi or if your budget is more like mine… a bubble bath behind a locked door. Find time to relax and, in the words of Elsa, let it go.

5. If All Else Fails…

Grab a fork and your favorite pie… doesn’t matter if it’s apple, cherry or a pizza pie. Then hide from the kids behind a locked door (you see a pattern here) and eat in blissful silence until you see little fingers under the door signaling that they’ve found you.

While not one of these idea is original, sometimes we all need a reminder to slow down. So, from our family to yours, we wish you a stress free holiday with those you love… and don’t forget to keep your favorite pie on hand.

 

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