Holidays with kids aren’t always so merry and bright. Schedules are all over the place. Traveling and being confined to a car seat are enough to make everyone grumpy. Add the extra sugar, foods that are out of the norm, and relatives you only see on special occasions, and you’ve created the perfect storm for holiday meltdowns.
Here are a few suggestions to make the holidays a bit more manageable and avoid holiday meltdowns.
How to Avoid Holiday Meltdowns
While meltdowns aren’t always avoidable, here are the best tips I learned along the way to avoid holiday meltdowns.
Get back to the basics by making sure your child is getting enough sleep at night. Adding a rest time during the day when possible is also a great idea. When we traveled when our kids were little, we made sure there was a rest time which sometimes meant we would drive around town for a bit while they slept because nap times were not happening when there were so many people around.
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Make sure you are leaving enough margin for downtime. Consider implementing a mandatory rest time during the day. Maybe they will nap, maybe they won’t, but they will rest. Being in new places can disrupt schedules and routines, so start a new bedtime routine that includes turning down the lights, reading a story before bed, and possibly a sound machine.
It’s easy to get caught up in jumping from one activity to the other or from one house to the other. But our kids need downtime just as much as we do. We all need more margin during the holidays to offset the busy holiday season. For adults, consider starting a new nightly routine of no screens after 8 pm, a warm cup of tea, and reading a new book.
If your children are old enough, consider having a code word they can use when they feel overwhelmed.
With all the sugary treats around the holidays, being diligent in the area of healthy snacks, foods, and beverages is important. This can be as easy as making sure there is a fruit and vegetable tray at the gathering or around the house. Having water readily available is also key, and there are great services like ReadyRefresh.com which will deliver non-sugary drinks right to your doorstep.
Maintaining Healthy Hydration Habits To Avoid Meltdowns
Thirsty choices aren’t always smart choices. A lack of healthy beverage options often means reaching for whatever is available, especially during the holiday season when eating and drinking habits can fluctuate.
While my oldest son will always choose water over juice, his siblings are not the same. If you are visiting family, prepare for your holiday travels with a delivery from ReadyRefresh to bring along. One less trip to the store means more time to finish packing so you don’t feel rushed.
This can help two-fold. It could be that the hostess forgot the beverages and you would be taking that stress off of them. You will also be helping your family stay hydrated and make great beverage choices so you aren’t left with little sugar monsters at the end of your visit.
What is ReadyRefresh by Nestlé?
The ReadyRefresh mission is simple: to make it easy for you and your family to live a healthier life. With just a few clicks or a few taps on your mobile device, through ReadyRefresh.com, you’ll quickly customize your order for thirst-quenching beverages delivered right to your door.
The service provides your family with a variety of purified water, teas, and imported water varieties. They even deliver the still and sparkling Arrowhead® Brand Mountain Spring Water!
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Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season
The holidays can be a stressful time. The last thing you want to worry about is running out of your supply of beverage options. Keep your family’s healthy hydration on track throughout the holiday season with a constant supply of the beverage options you and your family love.
Holidays are a great time to pay it forward and give back to our community by participating in our own random acts of kindness. It can be as easy as bringing beverages to the next holiday party you attend.
Thank you to ReadyRefresh℠ by Nestlé® for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions are my own.
What are some ways you help your kids avoid holiday meltdowns?