In Juli Fraga’s recent article in OnParenting in The Washington Post, she describes the many ways parents can suffer from holiday burnout. There is a certain amount of pressure parents put on ourselves to make sure that our children’s holiday season is filled with all of the “magic” and excitement that we convince ourselves they need. Ms. Fraga’s article includes helpful tips from psychologist Sheryl Ziegler to create a more peaceful environment between now and New Year’s Eve such as accepting help from friends, neighbors and partners! She also recommends being selective when filling up the December calendar with parties and special events.
Sheryl Ziegler says that “The best gift we can give our children is our presence”. These wise words inspired me to give you a single “To Do” item to add to your growing list of “Make Holidays Completely Perfect and Magical” list. Put it at the top of your list, because it’ll mean more to your children than anything else this season. Request these books from the library…TODAY! Your amazing local library will send you emails when they’re ready for you to pick them up and you’ll have a glorious supply of holiday reading for some peaceful, restful and “magical” time, snuggled up with your children.