As a parent, the holidays are hectic. Parties, presents, and of course, the kids being off from school. With all of the running the season brings, it’s easy to forget that this is a time of year where we can pause, exhale, and find joy in what surrounds us. There may be moments when this concept may seem nearly impossible, but with these simple reminders, we think you’ll find times (hey, maybe even an entire day!) where your family is able to reconnect and enjoy some quality time together.
Completely Relax and Unwind
Research shows that constant and excessive use of technology, especially before going to sleep, greatly worsens sleep. Leave your phone outside of the bedroom. Drift off to sleep to a good book, journal your thoughts or just count sheep.
Focus on What Matters
As parents, we are inundated with information and notifications. Meetings, coffee, practices, lessons, homework, and dinner dates. Silence the noise by turning the phone off and focusing in on what really matters, fully engage with your kids and those around you. Remember the feeling.
Enjoy the Atmosphere
Look around at the lights, listen to the laughter, kick back and enjoy the music. It goes by fast, authentically connect with the season and rediscover the joy it holds.
Remove the screens and focus in on an uninterrupted conversation with the kids. Listen to their thoughts, express your views, and take the time to connect and understand each other.
The fresh crisp air and some physical activity is an incredible “reset.” Use this extended break to try a new activity or check out a new place, together as a family. Make memories.
Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday break -Meg
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