Parenting During the Holiday Season Managing the Hustle and Bustle from the American Nanny
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Parenting Expert Advice from Author and America’s Nanny,
Managing the Hustle and Bustle
The holiday season provides a real opportunity for chaos to set in on the home front. From missed bedtimes, to sweets and treats galore what you can do to maintain some sort of calm during the holiday storm?
When possible, work around the kids’ routine.
Schedule family pictures, present exchanges and trips to visit Santa when the kids are well rested. First thing in the morning or after a noon time nap is the ideal time to plan those outings where you really need the kids to put their best foot forward.
Feed the kids first.
Never assume that a holiday party will have foods that your children will enjoy. Your host may think using food coloring to make the Mac and Cheese festive was a great idea, but chances are your kids won’t. Load them up before you go, so that if they want to graze, it’s to tame their taste buds- not to satisfy their hungries.
Load up on the good stuff.
That is fruits and veggies and other healthy selections. Kids eating patters are best looked at over the course of a week or two, rather than a meal or a day. If you plan on going to lots of holiday functions, keep your kids eating the good stuff all season, so you don’t have to worry if they’ve had one to many cookies at grandma’s house.
Keep meal times and bed times consistent.
Even if you can’t control what they eat or where they sleep, be sure to keep their meal times and bedtimes consistent. In the midst of a changed environment, having some predictability and routine will help them best to settle in and adjust
Relish time with the Relatives- from a far.
Enjoy times with your family and friends but remember that just because you recognize and warm up to Great Granny doesn’t mean junior will. Never force a child to give a kiss, or to be held by anyone. Instead, tell people to ignore the kids- and that the kids will eventually come to them eager to explore all the new faces. Everyone will be pleasantly surprised at the affection fest that will come- when it’s not forced.
Keep Christmas simple.
We’ve all seen the theory proven true. You purchase a huge doll house for your angel and she’s thrilled- because she can fit in the box. Kids are really impressed with most anything, so think twice about going overboard.
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Michelle is an active member of the nanny community. She is the founder and president of Boston Area Nannies, Inc., a local non-profit educational organization and has served on the International Nanny Association Board of Directors.
She is called on by the media as a nanny and parenting expert and has been affectionately dubbed America's Nanny. Michelle has appeared on television and has been featured in print.
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