Posts tagged: Dealing with Holiday Pressure

How to Make Time for Your Children During the Holiday Rush (Part 2)

By , December 3, 2017

This concludes this essay on making time for children during the holiday rush. For the first part, go here. We pick up with checking with your children to see what they hope for and expect from the season:

If you haven’t already done so, consult the children. Talk to them about their hopes for the season.

If at first all they talk about is the gifts they want, hear them out, then ask them specific questions about the holiday. Ask questions like, “What does Christmas look like? What does it sound like? What does it smell like?” Are there any special treats they hope for? Enlist their help in creating them this year. In every activity, search for ways to involve your child. Adjust your list accordingly.

Zeiger Children on Christmas Eve

(L-R): David, Beth, and Mark Zeiger on Christmas Eve, Sitka, Alaska 1969 or 1970 (Photo: Gail Woodland).

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How to Make Time for Your Children During the Holiday Rush (Part 1)

By , November 30, 2017

Like the two-part essay, How to Beat the Post-Holiday “Blues”, I wrote this article for a now-defunct Web site. And, as before, I need to cut it into two parts for space. As indicated by the first paragraph, the original title “prompt” offended me, so I put things in the right perspective—from my point-of-view. I hope this helps as the holiday season begins!

How to make time for your children during the holiday rush? Let’s turn this on its ear: your children should come first!

If you find that holiday obligations prevent you from spending quality time with your children, it’s time to reset your priorities. With a bit of planning, preparation, and perspective, it is possible.

children on Christmas Eve

“Christmas is for children!” (L-R): David kicks back while Mark and Beth Zeiger scan for Santa in the skies over Sitka, Alaska. Mother, Gertie, catches a moment’s rest. Maybe 1969 or 1970? (Photo: Gail Woodland).

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