Here are some holiday tips for families:
Planning quality time with your family is good for parent-child relationships and the family as a whole.
In planning be flexible. A plan doesn't have to involve just your immediate family.
If your children are pre-teen or teens they may want time with their friends regardless of the day.
Invite your friends and your children's friends to holiday gatherings.
The arrangement says to your children you accept them and gives you an opportunity to model your human side not just the parental authority side.
When planning do not over extend yourself. A potluck arrangement can provide both cohesion at a holiday party and be less stressful to the host.
In planning a holiday party do not have high expectations. Sibling conflict and parent-child conflict can still unfold in situations such as the one under discussion.
Place your stress on the back burner. If you have issues bothering you, it's best not to discuss them at group gathering.
Above all else, enjoy the love and caring of people that make the wheels of your life roll in a positive direction.
Blog Submitted by Ken Barrett, MSW, LCSW