As parents, we spend a ton of time trying to make the holidays magical for our kids. So, we over-schedule our families, plan holiday events to mimic (or even out-do), the things we did as kids, spend way too much money, and honestly, make our kids do things during the holidays that are totally unnecessary. In the end it's no wonder that we deal with toddler tantrums in the line to meet Santa, picky kids refusing to eat at Christmas dinner, and overtired, overstimulated kids who won't sleep at bedtime. It all makes me wonder how I ever thought the holidays were fun.
Fortunately, according to experts, parents don't actually have to do most of the things that end up derailing their kids' happiness during the holidays. The Child Mind Institute in New York City, recommends resisting the urge to plan too much or deviate from your child's regular routine during the holidays. It likely result in overwhelmed and exhausted kids, and no one will have a good time. Instead of trying to live up to your memories of holiday's past, or desires to put on a curated show for family or social media, it's actually a better idea to listen to your kids when it comes to making their holiday bright. Especially,when it comes to having a say in who they hug or kiss and whether or not they sit on Santa's lap, which can actually teach them some great boundary-setting skills for the future, per child abuse forensic interviewer Esther Friedman at the ABC House in Albany, Oregon.
For more on these and other things to stop making your kids do this holiday season, read on: