4 Tips to Enjoy & Savor the Holidays With Young Kids

Home Stager with Healthyhappyimpactful.com

Christmas with babies and toddlers is a magical time. Watching their eyes light up with excitement and wonder is one of my favorite things in the world.

But, with three kids, I've found that my hopes for the holiday season don't always meet reality. So, today I'm offering 4 tips to really get the most out of your family time with little ones this year.

1. Be Realistic About Activities

Instead of packing your December schedule with every event you can think of, put a little thought into your activities. Are they meaningful? Will you have enough time or energy to do them? Pick the ideas and traditions that make a good fit for you and your family, and don't be afraid to leave the rest. Your sanity will thank you.

2. Get Gift Ideas From Other Moms

I always found babies and toddlers to be hard to shop for. When they are young, their attention spans are so small! This list of stocking stuffer ideas for babies and toddlers has a good variety of great ideas to get you started. Shopping early always helps ease the stress later too. 

3. Lower Your Expectations

Honestly, a three-year-old is going to

....have a hard time standing in line

...have at least one meltdown

....make a HUGE mess out of a simple activity

...hate a holiday activity you thought they would love.

Toddlers are TODDLERS. Don't expect them to be anything else than what they are, and you'll banish so much unnecessary stress. They are only this young for a short time, and it gets easier. I promise.

4. Be Present

Finally, I know there are thousands of things that need to get done during the holidays. Especially for parents, it's a time that comes with stress. But as much as possible, remind yourself to be present with your kids. Don't let your mind wander. Study their faces. Listen to their excitement.

Because the truth is, I blinked and two of my three kids are big already. Those special early Christmases go really fast, and you only have so much time to enjoy them.

In Conclusion

Cut out the unnecessary, lower your expectations, and be there (mentally). That's really what an enjoyable holiday season is all about when you have a family. I hope you enjoyed these tips and have a great time making memories with those you love this year.

Comments (8)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Jennifer and great suggestions that I will pass on to others.  Hope you are having a great day!


Nov 02, 2021 01:46 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jennifer- these are excellent suggestions. So many times we try to pack as much as we can into the holidays and forget that children don't need every single minute filled with activities. 

Nov 02, 2021 06:00 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Nov 06, 2021 07:10 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jennifer. Must say, sage advice even for grandparents with only one very active grandchild. Thanks! Enjoy your day.

Nov 07, 2021 04:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

These are great things to keep in mind when parents of young children are facing the holidays!

Nov 07, 2021 05:02 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Jennifer - this will be our grandson's second Christmas.  We have a few simple things.  I know he will love the Christmas Tree.

Nov 07, 2021 06:33 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

You really have to actively engage them and just ask them about their lives and that usually helps quite a bit

Nov 07, 2021 11:00 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

The holidays are really about kids and little kid magic goes a long way for Santa Claus

Nov 09, 2021 08:13 PM