Tis the Season for Tension & Stress

For many moms, ’tis the season for tensions to rise, for stress to creep into our homes, our lives (our shoulders and neck) as we attempt to juggle a sleigh-full of opportunities that come our way.

Before things get too crazy, let’s take a minute to come up with a plan. First, we need to get back to the basics. Let’s start with a few questions:

  • What does this holiday mean to you and your family?
  • What are the memories you’d like to create?
  • …the feelings you’d like to experience? (awe and wonder? excitement and fun? reverence and respect?)
  • …the message you’d like your children to receive? (the holidays are about…family? giving and receiving? loving others? remembering things you’re thankful for?)

Let your answers become your focal point.  Resolve to make commitments based on your holiday wishes. In my Holiday Traditions blog you’ll find a short list of traditions, any of which you can easily implement. Choose one or two that support your holiday goals. As for all the other opportunities that don’t match up? See ya.

Be the gatekeeper, the tough guy (girl), or whatever it takes to keep your holiday happenings in sync with your hopes and dreams.