Answer your children’s questions. If you don’t know the answer, admit it and work together to find it.
This holiday season, ask significant adults in your children’s lives to give gifts of time or activities (such as a trip to a park, an afternoon of baking, or a visit to a museum), rather than material goods.
Be an example of how to act—don’t just tell your children what to do or what not to do.
Monitor your family’s activity and stress levels. When kids feel overwhelmed, they’re less likely to want to do things. Sometimes it helps to say that instead of attending a holiday event for an entire day that you’re only going to stay for three or four hours.
Set a deadline for holiday gift ideas. A big budget buster occurs when your child tells you what he or she desperately wants the night before the holiday and you dash out to find it.
Interact with your children in loving, respectful, and caring ways, even when you are feeling angry or frustrated.
Make the case for family holidays. Even if kids think they’re stupid and boring, point out how they’re something your family does and values. Work to interject activities or rituals that will get your kids more interested.