Parenting & the holidays

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  Parenting through the holiday season is one of the most exciting and stressful times on the parenting calendar. NJ Rongner, local blogger from a shared her tips.


Handling Holiday Travel with Children

  1. Keep an open mind and expect the unexpected. Instead of thinking of it like a chore, frame it as an adventure. You’re not going to be able to control all of the variables (traffic, delays, etc) but the end result is worth it.
  2. Pack an extra mini bag that is accessible in the car. This bag should have an extra change of clothes, plastic bags, paper towels, a tooth brush/tooth paste, and something to clean the car in case of car sickness. We’ve had car sickness more than once while we travel for the holidays and it is no fun.
  3. Audio books are a great way to help pass the time.
  4. Get an external charger to help battery life on your screens/devices go even further.
  5. If you are flying and have a little one, wear them through the security line instead of keeping them in the stroller. That stroller has to be folded and placed through the screening machine, but if you are wearing your baby in a sling or carrier, you’ll have two hands free to make this happen. And you won’t have to worry about your small kid crawling on the floor at the airport or trying to hold them and do this.

How To Handle The Give Me All Attitude with Kids During The Holidays 

  1. Take the focus off of the getting and switch it onto the giving. Involve them in shopping for gifts for their siblings and other family members.
  2. Adopt a family off of a needs tree, and let your child pick out the things to buy them.
  3. Be honest about what your budget is and ask what they REALLY want this holiday season.
  4. If it is a larger item on their list, give them a great start with some money for the holidays and help them brainstorm ways to earn the rest of what they need.
  5. Keep the gifts simple. This is the formula we’re following. Something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read. Plus, we’re giving a family gift for all of us to share.

Should you hunt down the hottest toy for the holiday season for your kid? 

It depends. In a year from now, if your child still going to be obsessed with playing with this toy because it fully aligns with their passions and interests? If the answer is yes, then I’d advocate for moving heaven and earth to make it happen. Last year, my son wanted a huge toy car garage that was one of the hot toys. I was able to score one, and he has played with it everyday because he’s obsessed with toy cars. It was worth it. However, if your child wants this toy because they’ve been well marketed to, I’d skip it. There is no reason to stress yourself out and likely go over budget to buy it on the secondary market if they’re not going to love it for the long term.

Cookie Swap Ideas. 

  1. Get the kids involved and think less about perfection and more about the experience.
  2. Think outside of cookies…. fudge, caramel corn and candies are also great choices.
  3. Start with store bought and jazz it up from there, especially if you’re short on time.
  4. When you go to the swap, make sure you bring a label that says all of the ingredients (in case someone has an allergy) as well as a container to bring your cookies home in.
  5. Swaps are social, use them as a time to catch up with  your friends. And save yourself a stamp by hand deliver any holiday cards you have for them!