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Resource Review Thursday: Parenting During the Holidays

christmas earth decorationAh, Christmas. Once a season dominated by parties that involved quantities of mulled wine and my boss dancing on the table (yes, that really happened), these days Christmas is more of a season of wonder, delight and high excitement on my daughter’s behalf, and a little more stress and high expectations on my behalf.

Parenting during the holidays certainly has its share of difficulties. Maybe you’ll be traveling by air to visit relatives, being a guest in someone’s home or hosting guests yourself. Maybe you’ll be far from your extended families, or inundated by them. And there are the issues of gifts, candy, Santa, religion and giving to charity to sort out as well, not to mention the challenges of staying within budget.

Here are some of the best resources I’ve found to help make parenting during the holidays as smooth as possible. Some of these have already made an appearance in some of my Weekend Links posts, but I thought it would still be helpful to group them together with the others in a single post.

Traveling and Hosting

Crafts, Activities and Traditions

Gifts and Sweets

Whether you’ve decided to do Santa or not, indulge in free-for-all candy eating on Christmas Day or continue to stick to everyday limits on sweets, the key to smooth parenting during the holidays is found by listening to your intuition and sticking to what is really important to you and your family. It is easy to overindulge or commit to doing too much at Christmas, but even simple celebrations can be meaningful and memorable. So take a deep breath in, and breathe out slowly. Only 22 more days till Christmas!

How do you handle the holidays? Share your best tips and resources in the comments!

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