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By Liz Madeley

If you would like to avoid tears before Christmas-eve bedtime, here are some helpful tips to try. If the children are calm and happy, the whole family is bound to be more relaxed!

Although there is plenty of fun to be had, every parent knows that the run up to Christmas can be a trying time.  With the knowledge that school holidays are coming, days will be devoted to play and Santa is on his way with toys, it can mean sleepless nights, temper tantrums and over-excited behaviour.

If you would like to avoid tears before Christmas-eve bedtime, here are some helpful tips to try. If the children are calm and happy, the whole family is bound to be more relaxed!

Get Children Involved with Preparations

Giving the children something constructive and creative to do is a good way to get them working together, as well as helping them to understand the work that mom and dad do to make Christmas run smoothly. Get them to help decorate the Christmas tree or bake some Christmas cookies. When it comes to shopping for Christmas dinner, make it a game. Write down or draw pictures of certain items in the supermarket and see if they can tick them all off! Helping them feel part of the bigger picture will stop tears and tantrums brewing.

Share Feel-Good Factor Movies

Everyone has a favourite Christmas movie. My own favourite is a tie between The Muppet Christmas Carol and Scrooged. The former is going to be more suitable for younger children! A Wonderful Life, White Christmas and Home Alone are all likely to be on the television at some point as well. Take advantage of the cold and gloomy winter evenings to watch a classic film or two with the family and discuss the morals of each story. What did Scrooge learn? What do you think the real meaning of Christmas is?

Put the Focus on the Less Fortunate

Along the same lines as the above, spending some time thinking about Christmas for others, rather than just for the immediate family is a good way to bring everyone together. If you have time, visit the local animal sanctuary and make a donation, organise a canned food drive at the children’s school or pick out a funny Christmas charity gift for relatives such as a guinea pig, five chickens, a goat or bee keeping equipment.

Christmas Eve = Early Bedtime

If you want to avoid overtired and irritable kids on Christmas day, don’t let them stay up too late on Christmas Eve.  Pick out some relaxing stories and let the children read one story to you and then read to them.  The sooner they go to sleep, the sooner it will be Christmas morning and Santa can tell when they are only pretending to be asleep!

Look After Yourself

Children get worked up when they see that you are worked up too! So check yourself have you been stressing about buying all the presents you need? Have you complained that there is too much to do or worried that things will be a disaster aloud? Make sure you present a calm front to your children and you will have calm children in return by taking a deep breath and allowing some time for yourself in all the preparations.

Tantrum Disposal

Of course, there are going to be some times when, despite all intentions, a tantrum will erupt and you need to diffuse it. Here are some simple tips:

Help children label their own feelings ask them if they are angry, sad, tired, scared or all four!

Help them calm themselves down reassure them and explain why they were told off. When they are calm, discuss situations with them and even role play them to teach them how to react without anger

Practice what you preach as above. If children see you react with anger to things, they’ll learn to do the same

Happy calm Christmas Everyone!

 

 

 

 

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