Christmas is a magical holiday, because everywhere we turn there are decorations and lights urging us to celebrate. Here are some hints for helping you enjoy it:
- First: Try to purchase all your gifts early. Last minute holiday shopping is a common cause of parental stress. So plan ahead. If you like it, buy it, even if it's summer. December 10th is a good deadline.
- Second: If in doubt, buy less. Most children receive too many presents. And the more toys your child receives, the less they are valued.
- Third: Get your child involved in giving gifts to his friends and teachers. Include him in thinking about what they would like, choosing it, and wrapping it. You may not realize it, but you're teaching your child the important skills of gift selection and sensitive giving.
- Fourth: Holidays wear children out. If your child becomes tired or cranky, encourage him to take a nap or have a quiet-time.
- Finally: Use this wonderful holiday to build the pleasant memories and rich traditions that your children will take with them wherever they go.
If you have any questions about your child's health, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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