Surviving Holiday Stress

There are cookies to be baked, presents to be wrapped, decorations to be put up -- and your entire family will be arriving at your door in an hour. Yikes! The holidays can be a stressful time, but the don't have to be. The parents of Parent Soup have great ways to take the hustle and bustle out of the holidays. Try some of the suggestions below, and get ready to enjoy the rest of the season with your family. Happy Holidays from everyone at Parent Soup.

Hit the Books
• "With all the hustle and bustle of Christmas I know of a very calming family activity that works for my family: the library. My kids love going. Each searches for their type of book, or check out the computers, I help the youngest find books. If all works right, one of the older ones will help the younger while I find books for myself. I think the library can work magic because it's quiet and peaceful. It doesn't get the shopping or baking done, or the tree decorated, but you'll be refreshed and feeling good about spending that time with your kids."

Take a Time Out
• "Take a deep breath, take a bubble bath, take 10 minutes just to scream if you need to. When your family shows up, tell them the best Christmas present they could give you is help --like babysitting so you can get your wrapping done. It might just give you the breather you need to relax a bit. When I feel like I'm o but up.'"

Name a Date
• "You will be happy to know, that after the 20th, I do no more shopping, wrapping, stressing, planning, primping or decorating. Whether my lists are fulfilled or not, I am done. Then, I start to do things for others -- babysit so they can finish, help wrap gifts while their kids are in school, bake at their house, etc. To me, this is what Christmas is all about -- giving to others."

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