Everyone looks forward to holidays, particularly long ones.The household is up a little later in the mornings than usual. It is a refreshing change to be laid back and for once, no one is trying to beat the clock.
During the summer, there are so many outdoor activities that you can engage in but if it’s Christmas or the monsoon season, chances are your family is going to be spending a lot of time indoors.
Here’s where things start to happen. The house feels small, the kids get restless and quarrelsome, tempers flare and everyone is in each other’s face. Not a very happy picture any longer, is it? Family stress is part of family life. It is similar to any other relationship and can be easily dealt with.
- The adults in the family can take the lead in managing any turmoil that starts brewing. Play the role of peacemaker and separate quarreling children but don’t punish them unless it is absolutely necessary. Try and get them engaged in a new game or some fun activity or make them spend some time playing alone.
- If the entire family finds it much too depressing remaining indoors throughout the holiday season, plan a short trip right in the middle of the holidays. This is one of the best ways to escape the monotony of being at home. It does not have to be an expensive trip, maybe visiting family in a nearby town or city or spending a few days in some reasonably priced holiday home. The kids will love the change of scene and are sure to settle down.
- Plan some family time activity, everyday for 1-2 hours. This will keep the entire family occupied. Get out those board games or challenge your kids to a video game, form teams and have some fun trying to outdo each other.
- Throwing a party and celebrating is a lot of fun but it can be very stressful for those organizing it. Round up some help, especially if you have a host of relatives and friends attending it. If not, take turns organizing get-togethers. It does not always have to be at your house.
- Take a break from some of your daily chores. Do only those things that keep your home running but leave off anything else that can wait. Use this time to catch up on some sleep or reading.
- The holiday season empties out wallets faster than all the other days of the year. Added financial pressure can strain relationships within a family. Sit down and have a talk with your family and decide limits for expenditure. Ensure everyone gets to buy or do something they like so long as they stay within the budgeted amount.
Tips and Warnings
- All families get stressed out during the holidays so the present discomfort is perfectly normal. The main thing is to get over it without ruining your time together.
- As parents or elders, it is important not to lose your temper and let your tongue run away with you. Keep calm but ensure that there is some amount of law and order in your home.