Tis the season for fun and celebration! For kids however, full calendars, excess sweets and less sleep can also mean a whole mess of un-merry meltdowns. By focusing on your families health habits, you can actually cut down on the stress and zero in on the fun! Check out our 5 tips for keeping everyone healthy, happy and on track over the holidays.
1. Discuss Limits Beforehand
Set expectations ahead of time to avoid arguments later. For example, agree on choosing just two desserts, making one trip to the dessert table or saving snacks for after the main meal. The trick is to decide together so no one feels slighted.
2. Have A Snack Before Heading Out
Offer up some healthy snacks at home so that you don’t find yourselves mindlessly snacking at the party. Carrots, fruit, nuts, and cheese are all good options.
3. Get Physical
Add some exercise into the day. The holidays are a great time to organize a friendly game of football, a family walk or a trip to a local park.
4. Don’t Overschedule
It’s hard to turn down an invite but know your child’s limitations. If rushing around from place to place, lots of people, and late nights are known to throw your little one off, it’s probably wise to pick and choose.
5. Know When The Party’s Over
Check in with your child for signs they’re tired. We all know that kids can appear fine one second and lose it the next. It’s always better to be preemptive and make an exit if it looks as though things may be headed in that direction. Your little one, as well as all the guests, will surely be grateful.