Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

Holiday Survival Guide for Busy Parents

Dec 09, 2017 02:30AM ● Published by Family Features

A parent’s to-do list grows by the hour during the holiday season. The list goes on, often feeling unconquerable, with planning holiday dinners and get-togethers, decorating the house, shopping for gifts, keeping the kids active during winter break, wrapping, cooking, cleaning and more.

It’s arguably the busiest time of year, and it can easily leave you feeling stressed and frantic, consequently affecting your mental well-being during what is supposed to be the most magical time of year.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to maintain some calm during the holiday circus. For example, the American Psychological Association reports that two-thirds of Americans agree periodically “unplugging” is important for their mental health.

Since so much holiday shopping is done online, it may be unlikely you’ll ever put your phone down between now and the new year. If you can’t unplug completely, use your technology wisely.

Instead of checking social media when you find a few spare minutes, download a meditation or relaxation app and use that precious time to take a few deep breaths and refocus. Many apps even allow you set reminders to breathe or relax throughout the day.

Dr. Sheethal Reddy, a working mom of a 3-year-old boy and 8-month-old girl, is preparing to celebrate her first holiday as part of a family of four. As the clinical psychologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life, Reddy offers these tips to parents to help manage stress during the holiday season:

  • Stick to your child’s schedule as much as possible. It’s OK to relax the rules a little bit during the holidays, but kids still need structure around meals and bedtimes. Too much stimulation and not enough rest can lead to meltdowns at the most inopportune times.

  • Be intentional and prioritize what’s important. Decide what memories you want to make this season and make sure to plan those events in advance.

  • Involve your kids in holiday planning. Let them help wrap presents (or at least put on the bows), cook a dish for the family or decorate part of the house. They are more likely to let you finish a task if you engage them in it, too.

  • Send the kids out. Sometimes you do need a few minutes of quiet, which can be hard in a house full of kids. Set up a play date or have them stay at a friend’s house for a few hours, but don’t forget to return the favor.

  • Remember that especially when children are involved, things may not go as planned. Be kind to yourself and avoid beating yourself up for things you didn’t do or that didn’t go exactly as you wanted. Simply focus on enjoying the season and making memories with your family.

Explore more ideas for keeping the season fun and memorable for you and your little ones at strong4life.com.

Photo courtesy of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life

Sponsored by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life

Family Features Family Features Lifestyle
  • Citizenship Classes

    02/19/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Citizenship Classes

    02/21/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Free-Throw Thursdays

    02/22/2018
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    Every Thursday of the months of January and February join friends and fellow basketball lovers fo...


  • Spring Exhibition Opening Reception

    02/23/2018
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us in celebration of two new exhibitions! Drinks, light refreshments, and music will be prov...


  • NBHA

    02/23/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Barrel race free family fun! come out to the SugArena for a great barrel show.


  • Célébration de la Danse

    02/24/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Put on your dancing shoes and join us for this exciting, informative event celebrating traditiona...


  • Lafayette Reads Together Film Screening

    02/24/2018
    02:00PM — 03:45PM

    As a part of the Lafayette Read Together event, two films will be screened in February for those ...


  • The Globetrotters are bringing their iconic "high-flying, fun and memory-making" show to Lafayett...


  • Citizenship Classes

    02/19/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Citizenship Classes

    02/21/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Free-Throw Thursdays

    02/22/2018
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    Every Thursday of the months of January and February join friends and fellow basketball lovers fo...


  • Spring Exhibition Opening Reception

    02/23/2018
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us in celebration of two new exhibitions! Drinks, light refreshments, and music will be prov...


  • NBHA

    02/23/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Barrel race free family fun! come out to the SugArena for a great barrel show.


  • Célébration de la Danse

    02/24/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Put on your dancing shoes and join us for this exciting, informative event celebrating traditiona...


  • Lafayette Reads Together Film Screening

    02/24/2018
    02:00PM — 03:45PM

    As a part of the Lafayette Read Together event, two films will be screened in February for those ...


  • A Taste of Jazz

    02/25/2018
    03:00PM — 03:45PM

    A jazz trio of smooth sounds and warm vocals, just right for a Sunday afternoon with vocalist Pat...


  • Citizenship Classes

    02/26/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • The Art of Musical Composition

    02/28/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us for a concert organized by the UL Lafayette School of Music on staff composer, Dr. Quincy...


  • Citizenship Classes

    02/28/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Shadows Spring Arts & Crafts Fair

    03/03/2018
    09:00AM — 04:00PM

    Twice a year, the Shadows hosts more than 100 vendors selling their hand-crafted items. From the ...


  • Wildlife in the Garden

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join us for this free seminar at 10am on Wildlife in your Garden. You will learn about attracting...


  • Participate in a family workshop with photographer and film-maker James Edmunds. He will offer ti...


  • Citizenship Classes

    03/05/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Toddler Time

    03/07/2018
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Parents and their children will enjoy story time, songs with finger play, participate in a hands-...


  • Citizenship Classes

    03/07/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Artist Talk with Lynda Frese

    03/07/2018
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    Kick off Women’s History Month with local artist Lynda Frese. She will share a gallery tour of he...


  • 10th Annual Birdie with the Bar Golf Tournament

    03/09/2018
    12:00PM — 08:00PM

    The 10th Annual Birdie with the Bar Golf Tournament hosted by the Lafayette Bar Association Young...


  • We are the Knights of Columbus, St. Pius X Council 8901 in Lafayette, Louisiana. The K of C are ...


  • Join us and the Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners for this free Q&A session and special topic tal...


  • Yoga in the Galleries

    03/10/2018
    11:00AM

    Join us on the second Saturday every month for yoga at the Hilliard Museum led by an RYT-200 cert...


  • The Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Painting Competition is a juried competition featuring plein a...


 

 

CURRENT ISSUE