Prepare for the holidays with the activities you and your family enjoy the most. Some families love going to a holiday concert. Others enjoy making holiday goodies. Others enjoy making gifts to give.
Congratulate your children when they resolve a conflict on their own.
Create a holiday budget. List everyone for whom you plan to buy a gift. Set a budget for each person and then follow that budget.
Maintain a positive attitude about education. Don’t reinforce negative attitudes about the value of education by asking questions such as, “Won’t you be glad when it’s winter break?”
Let your children know that you will always be there for them, and work on building strong relationships that are characterized by warmth, boundaries, and respect.
Be honest about your family’s difficulties. No family is perfect, and every family has its stressors and weaknesses. Talk about these and work through them together.
Always be clear and consistent about the consequences your kids will face for varying infractions, including lying about bad behavior. Then make sure that you always follow through on those consequences.