Does it seem like you're too busy this time of year to really sit back and enjoy your own family? Is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year turning into the most stressful time of the year? It's alright to say no to social obligations and commitments and put your family in the top position on your priority list. A “Holiday Time-Out” night is a great way to accomplish that.
Designate one night between now and December 25th as your family's own “Holiday Time-Out” night. Let it be your family's break from the holiday hoopla to do something together without the stresses of the season. Be warned: you may have to opt out of planned activities to make it happen – but that's OK. Sometimes saying no is the best thing for your family (and your own sanity).
During your “time-out” you may want to stay home and play games or rent a funny christmas movie and just sit and watch it together. Avoid putting unrealistic expectations on yourself such as baking cookies, doing crafts, or anything like that if you truly don't want to. Mom, it's your night off too – so don't stress over cooking. Get take-out, order in or get one of those frozen meals at the store. Turn off the cell phones, computers, and limit outside distractions. The point is to relax, regroup, and have fun as a family.
Take Action: Designate one night between now and December 25th as your family's own “Holiday Time-Out” night. Get it on the calendar now, and don't let any social obligations get in the way.