The holiday season is upon us and often we look back and wonder where the minutes, hours, days and months went. While the holiday season is a time that is “supposed” to bring us closer as a family, frequently the stress of the holidays gets in the way. Families who have moved recently can have the additional stress of grief and loss.
Taking time to slow down and establish goals can help kids and their parents ease some of the holiday stress. Being realistic about how much you can (and can’t) do is critical to putting you and your family in the best position to enjoy the season to its fullest.
Goal setting starts with the end in mind. Think of your family on December 31. What feelings would you like to have? What accomplishments would you like to celebrate? What memories would you like to look back on? Which holiday memory will be your favorite? Starting with the end in mind clarifies the action steps you need to take to get there. Goals and vision ensure you have a clear picture of what to say no to, what to say yes to and when to say, “not yet.” Saying “no” is rarely easy, especially to something fun and exciting, but saying “no” is a critical step in experiencing your best holiday yet.
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