Here is a Calm Mom tip for surviving (and maybe even enjoying!) the holiday season with your little ones: enjoy the little things! Let’s be honest moms. Life changes in every way possible once you have children. Perhaps before kids, you used to decorate your house for the holidays in a way that would rival even Martha Stewart. Perhaps you used to go on amazing vacations over the holidays, sightseeing from sun-up to sundown. Maybe you were the couple that never missed a holiday party and was always the last to leave.
This holiday season will be different. All of the hard work associated with caring for a newborn won’t magically disappear for the week between Christmas and New Years! So, it is important to be mindful of the little pleasures – catching a glimpse of your baby enjoying some playtime with his grandparents, watching your baby learn to clap his hands to your favorite holiday music, playing with your little one in your pajamas till noon because you don’t have to rush off to work. These special moments are not things that you will plan – they’ll just happen. But, if you are too busy and stressed out, you might miss them. So, be present in the moment. Make sure that for some time each day, be completely focused on BEING with your baby. That means no phone calls, no emails, no football games, no cooking, no…not even any worrying. Just lose yourself in the moment and cherish those precious memories.