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.
Tip of the Day December 10
Be an example of how to act—don’t just tell your children what to do or what not to do.
Tip of the Day December 9
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.
Tip of the Day December 8
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.
Tip of the Day December 7
Interact with your children in loving, respectful, and caring ways, even when you are feeling angry or frustrated.
Tip of the Day December 6
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.
Tip of the Day December 5
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.
Tip of the Day December 4
Congratulate your children when they resolve a conflict on their own.
Tip of the Day December 3
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.
Tip of the Day December 2
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?”