Advent Aunt day 18: avoiding tantrums at Christmas
Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Emma, known as TheMiniMesandMe on Babyhuddle who blogs at http://www.theminimesandme.com. Working part time at a school and completing a psychology degree she is a busy bee mum of two aged 6 and 8. She loves to bake and travel and she is looking at Tunisia and camping trips in the UK to enjoy this summer.
Although Christmas is mostly magical and a very special, family based occasion, it can be incredibly stressful and a little chaotic during the build up. The last thing you need on top of the endless shopping, gift wrapping and cooking is toddler, tween and teen tantrums.
Here are my top tips to keep the calm and cool:
Be organised – write a list and check it twice, literally. Keeping note of what you have purchased and what is still left to get can prevent things being forgotten and causing upset later on – when there may be no time (or money) left to do anything! The kids probably won’t appreciate being dragged out Christmas eve to pick up batteries for cameras and sticky tape so stock up on essentials now.
Make plans- Although we all enjoy a nice break form school and work over the Christmas period, when boredom strikes the tantrums begin so try to plan an activity for each day. Even a trip to the park wrapped up snug for an hour can burn off the extra energy the kids seem to find this time of year!
Movie time - There are lots of festive favourites on TV at the moment so if you have the opportunity to do so record them. When the kids are a little restless pop one on, sit back and enjoy their silence while they watch Santa and his reindeer in awe.
Make cards and gifts – Not only will this save a fortune but the personalised touch is greatly appreciated, by grandparents in particular, and it keeps the kids occupied and away from each others throats for five minutes atleast. Get the children to create some cards with hand and footprints, bake cakes and make cookies and If there are leftovers let them enjoy some treats too.
Christmas tunes – Pop on some music and dance away. Not only is this great fun (and the perfect opportunity to create some embarrassing videos for later in life) but it will wear them out and burn some calories so you can enjoy that chocolate yule log without feeling guilty.