Blog — Christmas Stress

More Joy, Less Stress: How to Take the Pressure Off Your Holiday Celebrations

Stress-free holidaysIf you are finding yourself stressing in the holiday rush, you are not alone. But it doesn't have to be this way. Here's a piece I wrote a while back about how to find what we are really looking for-- always-- but especially during the holiday season: those intangibles that are paradoxically truly palpable: connection, love, gratitude.

For me, that often comes from noticing that moment at the holiday table or living room couch when everyone is contentedly eating and conversation is flowing and my only wish is exactly what I am experiencing right then. Sometimes that picture doesn't happen, and something else happens that hits that spot. What is that moment for you? Let's all be on the look out for those times where we stop worrying about what's next, or what should be happening and instead thoroughly savor what is. Happy, peaceful holidays to all!  

 

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What to Do When Your Kids Hate Their Christmas Presents: A Holiday Parenting Challenge

Holiday disappointment

Hello dear holiday readers! Is there anything worse than a child being ungrateful about their gifts? Well, in this blogpost I suggest (confessionally) that we consider the two-way street of gift disappointment, that as much as we can coach our kids to respond more politely when they are unhappy with a gift, that we too, as parents, can do that coaching with a bit more grace ourselves. I know, I know, the work of learning as a parent never ends, and to me, that's what I live for! Happy holidays to all.

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