‘Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through your home,
Your little ones are stirring,
They won’t leave each other alone!
You went the extra mile
To bring holiday joy
But it’s not what you pictured
…it’s all about toys!
If that isn’t how the poem goes…it really should be!
A quiet, peaceful Christmas Eve isn’t the reality for many families. Your children have probably consumed copious amounts of sugar and are low on sleep. It’s not a recipe for success!
Whether you have little ones who are on a sleep strike or refusing to eat anything that isn’t covered in frosting, here’s a quick tip you can use to guide your child without raining on their parade:
“I can tell you’re really excited about Christmas, and it’s great to see how happy you are! And you’ll feel best in the morning if you _____ and _______.”
Remember always to use AND and not BUT to start a conversation that takes both their side and yours into consideration.
Fill in the blanks with: you get a good night’s rest, you eat some veggies, you and your sibling aren’t fighting… adapt this script to whatever situation you find yourself in.
Remember, both you and your child want the holidays to be a time of merriment and memories. You’re on the same team!
My wish for you this Christmas Eve is that you feel confident in your parenting. No matter where you are in your conscious parenting journey, I admire and applaud you.
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Merry Christmas 🎁 Happy Hanukkah 🕎
Cheers to you and your family!
Love and Blessings
P.S. Don’t get lost in the image you expect your child to be. Remember to be thankful for who your child is, not who you want them to be. For more on this, check out my tips on The Motherside ABC7 – and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel so you don’t miss out on any other parenting hacks! Happy Thanksgiving!
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