Recovering from the Holidays
January 5, 2012 2:09 am
I’m feeling a bit of post-holiday hangover. Not the type of hangover you may have experienced in college, but rather the kind of hangover that happens when you look around and find yourself asking “Now what?”
The holidays can be filled with parties, gatherings, travel, fun, gifts and indulgent foods. But in the days that follow, families often begin to feel the effects that all those changes from the norm bring: bedtimes and nap times get pushed around; well meaning family members feed all types of decadent, sweet treats to your little ones; excitement builds and then crashes. When all the fun ends, mom and dad are left to clean up the messes, both literal and emotional.
This first week of January is always a tough one at our house. We try to find our way back to the normal routines and schedules. My kids often ask multiple times a day, “where’s dad?” only to be reminded the adult world has a much shorter break than most schools. We spend this week trying to slowly work our way back to normal meal, bed and wake times. It’s my hope that when school and work resume, it’s not as harsh on the littlest members of our clan.
Each day we try to add one more piece of our routine back into the mix, while still trying to incorporate fun into our final days of vacation. For instance, if everyone gets dressed by our normal routine time, the reward is a trip to the local children’s museum that day. This helps our family get out of our pajamas and back into normal life while still enjoying our days off.
How does your family deal with the transition from the holiday season back to a normal schedule? Do you have any tips that you’ve learned along the way to make it easier? Share with us!