Avoiding stress for your children at holiday time

Christmas time can be stressful for many people, including children.  If your children act up during holiday time, here are some helpful hints to calm them down so they can enjoy this time of the year and so can you: 

·     Discuss the true meaning of the holidays – not only receiving gifts

·     Make a gift buying list with them; give them suggestions about what to buy

·     Talk about family traditions or ask for suggestions about new ones

·     Include your children in holiday planning

For those of you who are divorced and share your children with your ex-spouse, make the best of it and remember do not be negative when it comes to your ex-spouse – he or she is still your child’s parent.  Have a healthy, safe, and happy holiday season.