As parents who discipline their children in positive in a way, that is often different than that of our family and friends, we can be accustomed to having our philosophies and rules challenged. During the holidays our routines are broken and we often fund ourselves wanting to enforce rules in spaces that our not our own, which can be challenging.
I would never suggest that moms change their parenting styles or to ignore situations that are against your moral and ethical principles, but this is not the time to sweat the small stuff.
The small stuff will vary from family to family, but below are a few items which are up for negotiation in household.
1) Bedtime for older children. Yes, your 8 year old needs 9 to 11 hours of sleep, but going to late movies with family or friends visiting from out of state won’t permanently derail her schedule. Just don’t plan the trip the night before an early morning event.
2) Children see holiday cookies and candies and want to over indulge, and grandparents want to show their love through holiday treats If you allow the extra goodies, ensure that your child brushes his or her teeth more often, and especially before bedtime.
3) Television for babies and toddlers is not advised, by the American Academy of Pediatrics but binge watching holiday movies during the break won’t damage an older child. In fact, the whole family will benefit from hanging out in pajamas watching movies and eating freshly popped popcorn.