Parents, are you feeling a little overwhelmed with the upcoming holiday season? Are you writing your to do list and checking it twice? Depending upon the age of your child(ren), you may be answering questions about Santa being “real”, ordering gift items online, or decorating Christmas cookies. If you have a wide range of age groups, like me and my five, you may be doing all those things and much more. Parents have power… even during this busy time. It is amazing what a nap and quiet time can do to settle a hectic household. I have found that despite the “I’m not tired” protests, a nap or quiet time is eventually accepted. Especially when the whole family is participating and cooperating. Quiet time doesn’t always have to be about going to sleep. Quiet time is about slowing down and being mindful of quietness. Reading a book, listening to soft music, or completing a puzzle are other ways to refresh and relax. Find what works best for you and your family. Parents, it is important that you practice self-care. Remember to breathe and take time for yourself. Remember the reason for the season. This is a time to make traditions and memories with your most special blessing…your family. Happy holidays from one parent to another. Blessings and shalom.

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