For as full of joy and cheer as the holidays are (or advertised to be), they’re also full of stress. Particularly for couples with young children, the holidays can feel like a tug-of-war between one side of the family and the other. But it’s possible to please both sides of the family during the holiday season — yes, I swear! And the way to do it is by actually aiming to please no one but yourselves.
Here’s the trick: do what’s best for your nuclear family, and let everything and everyone else fall into place. You will never be able to please everyone, and trying to do so will add nothing but more stress to you and your family. But that doesn’t mean that the headache of deciding whose house to visit on Christmas is any less real, and if your family is anything like mine, guilt trips abound. Everyone wants to be hold Baby Susie for the first time, or see how big Little Jack has gotten since last year. But as the ones who have to tote your bundles of joy around, you get the ultimate say in where you go and how you celebrate.
So how can you prioritize your family’s needs while not pissing off your extended family? Here are some tips for navigating the tricky waters of holiday season with the fam.