The sound of rain and the smell of hot cocoa means Santa is warming up and your kiddos are acting extra nice! It also means your “calls to Santa” threats are more effective than ever, and you are already counting down the days for Christmas Break to be over!
Along comes Base Kids with a few parenting tips to enjoying your quality time with the kiddos this holiday. They will be posted throughout the week, spelling out our favorite Christmas hero: SANTA!
It’s the holidays and kiddos will be looking forward to all the rules being broken, so it’s best to pre-plan your holiday rules. Think ahead of how much sugar kiddos can have, how much reading time they should be doing per day (or week), and nap/bed time routines. Setting them clear with your kiddos before-hand avoids you all the trouble of try-as-you-go parenting.
Teaching children to appreciate what they have is an important value that starts early. One way to do so is to bake a cake with your kiddos and look for the children who would celebrate having it, set up a donation bag for old clothes and toys, or simply take the time to write thank you notes with the kiddos to anyone who has presented them with a gift this Christmas.
Appreciation is best taught when modeled, so don’t hold back from talking about it over lunch or dinner.
N: Naughty but oh so Nice
Since we’ve established the need to follow through with our consequences , and consistency when it comes to the rules, it’s advisable to ignore minor “misbehaviors” and pick your battles. With the extra time spent at home, make sure you’re focusing on the nice just as much as the naughty, or maybe a little bit more.
You’d think you’d have so much of it this Christmas break, but before you know it, the snow is drying up and it’s time to go back to school. Make use of the time you have to enjoy, cuddle, and get a little silly with your kiddos. Schedule a daily 15 min activity in your hectic holiday schedule for “us time”. It will fit well into his/her holiday memories!
Manage your kiddo’s anticipation to tearing up the presents and eating all the sugar by a using visual countdown to Christmas, this is a great way to teach children about time and waiting. It will also come in handy in you need to explain to a kiddo how many days are left till daddy returns from a trip, when his birthday is finally coming and how long we have before vacation is over.
Visual schedules can be made using simple pen and paper, or more complex with stickers and magnets.