Be aware of your child’s needs for routine, rest and consistency. Children thrive when they know what to expect. Any disruption in their daily routine will manifest into an undesirable behavior. You have the power to set them for success by keeping their routine as simple and as close to normal as possible.
Be mindful of your child’s ability to handle shopping trips through the crowded stores. Kids can only endure so many minutes of following you shopping. Plan to do your shopping before Winter Break while your child is still at school. Remember that when your child is happy, everyone else at home will be happy, too.
Be generous from deep within your heart. This is the season of giving and receiving. Your children will most definitely learn about receiving. Show them how to give from the heart: from feeding and playing with the homeless animals at the animal shelter, to singing and warming the hearts of the elderly in the retirement home, your child will experience the power of love and compassion.
Be able to respond rather than react to your children’s requests. It is inevitable that toys, sweets and treats will be abundant and everywhere during the season. Your child’s behavior is directly related to their nutrition and rest. Set them for success by providing healthy sweets and treats and enough sleep and rest.
Smile! All is well! Even if you don’t manage to buy that top notch high-tech device everyone has to have, remember to practice gratitude. Gratitude as an attitude is best cultivated during the holidays! Truth is, you cannot buy everything your kids want. Focus on your kids’ essential needs. Spending time with each other may be the best gift you give your child this holiday season. Be grateful for those simple joys in life your child shares so generously with you: the 5 a.m. wake- up- weekend- hug, the smile after savoring the last tiny bite of your delicious home cooked dinner, the little dance celebrating the end of the -+ 3000 pieces Lego project you two have spent hours on, the quiet, peaceful cuddle for story time by the fireplace on a cold winter night.
Be kind and gentle to yourself. You can only do so much in 24 hours, 1440 minutes, 86400 seconds in a single day! Nurture yourself and recharge yourself with peace and calm. When you feel centered and peaceful within, you will see peace and calm manifest in the outer world.
Breathe In, Breathe Out
Take time to slow down. Breathing in, you slow down your restless mind and body. Take time to smile. Breathing out, you smile. Take time to listen to your breath, breathing in and breathing out. Take time to enjoy each and every tiny sip of your hot morning tea, sip it slowly, easy, without rushing into the future, savoring the present moment, for that is all you’ve got.