Avoiding Overwhelm During the Holidays

Preschoolers thrive on predictability and routine, so don't let these fall away during the bustle of the holiday season.

Pre-schoolers do best when they are actively engaged in holiday activities. Being whisked from one place to the next reduces the value and enjoyment to be gleaned from each event. So make sure to plan fewer activities, but include time for children to respond to what they've done. Parents can furnish props, for example, that allow children to play the characters in The Nutcracker. Children who have time to dress and play as Clara or the Grinch will better remember ...

Most parents look forward to sharing this time of the year with their children. But less is often more when it comes to holiday activities.

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