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Okay, not sure how or when it happened, but THANKSGIVING IS HERE people! Like in TWO days! Thankfully (get it) we go to my in-laws place and they do the cooking.
However, this means that it’s the official start of the holiday family gathering season and THAT, as much as I love my big fat Chilean-Wisconsin family is kinda stressful. My son gets super hyper and excited with all of the attention on him, everyone will be fighting to hold Little L who will then get over anxious and NOT want to sleep. She’s a night owl that girl and when theres a fiesta going on she’s right there in the middle of it all.
I wonder who they take after???
Yep and our routine will be turned right on it’s head.
The fact is, holiday family gatherings do leave me and my husband a bit stressed out — everyone in one place at one time, all talking at once wanting to be heard. So I thought I’d put together a list of ways to prepare for your upcoming family gatherings — mostly for myself but you can use them too!
Give yourself and the kids a break — Get out of mama mode and let them eat candy, run around and have the grandparents, aunts, uncles spoil them. It’s only for 1 or 2 days. Try not to micromanage and go with the flow (unless it gets really bad!)
Wine Down — Pour yourself another glass of vino and relish in the fact others can help you watch the kids. I admit, I take FULL advantage of my family members — EVERYONE must babysit.
Involve the kids — Before the impending gathering, have your kids bake a special treat, make a holiday themed craft and have them do a show and tell with the family which I’m sure will be super detailed and they will demand everyone look at them. Oh and it will make them feel involved and you can sneak away while it’s happening!
Set up a one on one date — Set up a time in advance for your kids to go out with their grandparents or aunts/uncles on their own for a special day or an afternoon. Say “M really wants you to take him to Chuck E. Cheeses” or “M is dying to go pine cone collecting with you.” Yeah, lay on the guilt if you have to!
Provide a reminder of home — Even with all of the fun, kids get homesick and of course we don’t want to them feel out of place. They want to sleep in their own bed, or watch their favorite TV show or have their regular snack. Make sure you bring something to give them comfort and not feel completely lost without their routine.
We all know as parents these family holiday gatherings are even more intense with kids! I mean, hello! Caca explosions or peeing in the car set on a very long road trip — it happens! But of course, these are just your typical parenting moments and Huggies knows what it’s like — so make sure to pack Huggies® Natural Care Wipes with Triple Clean layers before hitting the road this holiday season and you are good to go!
What do YOU do to survive holiday family gatherings?
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