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The Parental Stress Line Offers 7 Tips for the Holiday Season

Date: 12/19/2005

1. Give the gift of family traditions - Kids will remember and value family traditions, not presents. Volunteer at a gift drive or food bank, bake cookies for friends or make decorations for the house.

2. Take control of your time - The holiday season is a busy time of year. Make time to unwind and take care of yourself. Don't feel guilty about saying no to commitments that aren't important to you and your family.

3. Don't do everything yourself - Involve kids in decorating and shopping. Ask for help from family and friends with babysitting and meals. Spend time and energy on what

is important to you and your family.

4. Let kids be kids - Kids need to let off energy, especially

during an exciting holiday season. Give kids plenty of time

to be themselves so they are more likely to show their best

behavior when you need them to.

5. Give within your budget - Don't overspend when giving

gifts. The holidays and the New Year will be a lot happier

without unnecessary financial stress.

6. Be open with kids about difficult family situations -

No family is perfect. Talk openly with kids about divorce,

loss, and separation to reduce these emotional burdens

during the holidays.

7. Find support - Share your emotions and needs with

a friend, family or the Parental Stress Line

(1-800-632-8188). Hotline volunteers are nonjudgmental

listeners available to support you 24-hours a day and

can provide referrals to services in a caller's local area.

No problem is too big or small for a parent to call.


Chris & Dan

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