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Friday, November 18, 2011

Holiday Stress!

Holiday Stress

The clock is ticking and the holidays are nearing fast! If you are like me you are starting to get anxious about all the extra commitments and things that need to get done. Remember as moms we try to take on everything, and most often find we have over committed, yet again! This is the cause of most of our stress! Try to remember that to have a great holiday you don't have to be SUPER woman. We need to learn how to delegate and only take on what is truly important! Instead of stressing over old traditions try to make your own! Trust me kids don't want to be in the car for hours at a time, or dressed in their best for the 2 million holiday pictures, they don;'t even like most of the dishes at the holiday party! So try to decrease the holiday stress with these simple ideas!

  1. Choose to have the holiday at your house to decrease travel time, and the panic of packing. Delegate others to help, by bringing a dish to the party so your not overwhelmed.
  2. Let the kids bring a change of clothes to the party so after the picture. They can change into something more comfortable.
  3. Make familiar favorites for your family. Don't stress over new recipes or fancy unfamiliar ingredients. Make sure the kids have a dish or two they can enjoy. Lighten up when it comes to the kids enjoying their sweets, remember it's their holiday too!
  4. Let your family help prepare for the holidays by decorating or cleaning.
  5. Limit the gift giving. You don't have to give a gift to everyone! Try to simplify gifts by giving the same gift to multiple people or using gift cards.

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