Archives for December 2011

The Holidays are Here. Let’s Celebrate.

Holiday Rituals and Routines… old vs. new

Rituals are like seasonal routines.  They can offer structure and security in times of increased chaos.  Being part of a family with healthy rituals can give children a sense of belonging, comfort and predictability.  Rituals also connect us to our culture and traditions – we become part of something bigger; however, when rituals become too rigid they become a source of stress.  Now is the time to ask, “Are our family’s rituals a good fit for us?”  Children enjoy the predictability of routines and the anticipation of family rituals adds to the excitement of the season.  If you find yourself questioning the “fit” of your family’s rituals around the holidays then check out the article, “Holiday Rituals- Old ones? New Ones?” brought to you by Sound Discipline.

Tips from the article include:

*Involve your family

*Think long-term

*Include flexibility

*Be repetitive

*Be creative and try keeping it simple

*Share your holiday rituals with others

Check out the link above to view the entire article with more specific ideas for fine tuning your family’s holiday rituals and routines. And remember to enjoy each and every moment with your family because the memories will be shared and passed down for years to come.


Family Fun for Everyone

Are you hosting or attending a family gathering for the holidays? If so, then you should check out this week’s blog post link brought to you by

When families gather together for a celebration, each participant brings their own history, behavior and expectations. When these different expectations and behaviors clash, the celebrations are often far from the peaceful, loving gatherings depicted in TV holiday commercials! However, when common problems can be anticipated and planned for ahead of time, there is a greater likelihood of a joyful celebration rather than a stressful experience.

Things to consider:

*delegate duties

*bring something to share

*plan activities

*consider alternative locations

For detailed tips on planning a peaceful, enjoyable, memorable family gathering, check out the complete article, Family Gatherings: Fun for Everyone?



Holiday Memories

What are your most cherished holiday memories? Gifts? Events? Food? Time spent with loved ones?

What are your child’s most cherished holiday memories?

If you have children over 5, try asking them. The author of the article “What Will Your Child Remember?”, Kathy Slattengren, did just that. And her children’s responses prompted her to reconsider her family’s holiday rituals. Check out the full article, brought to you by Priceless Parenting, to read about her revised holiday outlook.