As much as possible, continue traditions started when your children were younger. Though they are growing and changing, it’s important for them to trust that there is continuity and consistency in life.
Remind your child that it’s okay to fail sometimes. Failure is an opportunity to learn about oneself and succeed in the future.
Include holiday giving (such as giving money to charity) as part of your holiday spending. See which organizations your kids want to support.
Respect your child’s time. When you commit to something, follow through or let your child know why you can’t.
Make holiday celebrations about being with friends and family, rather than focused on gift giving.
Ask your child to write a list of her or his skills and talents. Then you write down additional strengths that your child didn’t recognize.
Model responsible behavior. If you do things that are off limits in front of a child, be ready to give a reason that is not hypocritical.
Ask your kids what they enjoy best about getting ready for (and celebrating) the holidays. Incorporate those things into your holiday planning.