The holiday time is awesome. Lots of family moments, traditions, and special times. But it’s also very busy. If you ever wondered how to handle the holidays as a mom, you’re not alone!
It’s easy to feel stressed instead of enjoying the magic of the season. But as a mom, you should enjoy the holidays as much as anyone else.
Here are some easy tips on how to handle the holidays as a mom and increase your joy and everyone else’s:
1. Say “Yes” Wisely
There are so many fun things during the holidays, like family events, school events, and community gatherings. It’s tempting to say “yes” to everything. But it’s important to prioritize. Keep your family, extended family, church, and school as top priorities.
2. Think About Schedules
During the holidays, it’s easy to forget about everyone’s schedule. Kids and adults need enough sleep. Plan events considering your children’s sleep routine. A well-rested child is happier and behaves better. Take care of your own schedule too!
3. Plan Ahead for Activities
Know what events and activities you have during the holidays. Plan for situations like kids not liking the food at a relative’s house or needing to be quiet at a church event. Thinking ahead makes the day run smoother.
4. Budget for Christmas
It’s exciting, but it’s easy to overspend during the holiday season. Budget for holiday spending all year round. This way, you won’t stress about money in January. Consider the costs of attending events and plan accordingly.
5. Decorate Early
You don’t have to wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas. Decorating early means less stress. You can enjoy the decorations longer. It helps you be a more present parent with fewer things on your to-do list.
6. Shop Early
Shopping early saves stress during the holidays. Look for deals throughout the year, and you’ll find great discounts. This also helps cut down on costs and avoids the last-minute rush for gifts.
7. Wrap Presents Early – With Help
If you shop and decorate early, wrapping presents early makes sense. Get your kids involved; it’s a fun way to spend time together. Putting gifts out early builds excitement for the children.
8. Let Things Go and Prioritize
You can’t do everything. If hosting a holiday event feels overwhelming, skip it. If getting a perfect Christmas card photo stresses you, use an earlier happy photo. Simplify your life, prioritize, and let go of what isn’t essential.
9. Keep Lists
Write down your plans and put them where you can see them. Checking off tasks feels good. Plan early and accomplish what you can ahead of time to avoid holiday stress.
Following these simple tips will help you manage the holidays as a mom and enjoy a joyful holiday season with your family!