Easy Christmas sanity savers when you have preschoolers? Why would you need that? December has started and the panic may have already set in. You have gifts to make or buy or even re-gift (you know the ones I am talking about).
You want to ensure that your house screams Christmas: Christmas trees, poinsettias, holly and don’t forget that you need to add your Christmas lights outside.
This post was sponsored on behalf of Blue Mountain. All opinions stated are my own.
Keeping up with the chaos that Christmas may bring can be downright exhausting. We actually skipped giving gifts and putting up our tree one year. You want to keep your kids from being materialistic while you hope that no one else sends a noisy toy (designed to drive the parent nuts) for your kids. And how are you supposed to even fit in any form of learning at this time? You can barely keep up with yourself.
SNAP! Was I supposed to make that Advent Calendar? How many days to Christmas? Let me Google it.
Well, today I offer a solution- and you know I like it when everything is simple and laid out for me. So I am going to share a few sanity savers for you and coping with your kids.
Easy Christmas Sanity Savers When You Have Preschoolers: For Parents
- Create A Budget
You have heard it time and time again, create a budget and stick to it. Don’t want to cry after Christmas has ended- stick to the budget.
- Learn to say ‘No, thank you’
Why is everyone so afraid of that freeing 2 letter word? You do not have to go to EVERY Christmas party or gathering that you are invited to. Take it easy and remember why you are even celebrating Christmas
- Read a few of these other holiday stress relief tips and ACTUALLY DO THEM.
Easy Christmas Sanity Savers When You Have Preschoolers
Now onto teaching your kids while you are coping with everything. Believe it or not, teaching your kids at Christmas does not have to be stressful. As a matter of fact, the things you have around you are the perfect tools.
- Want to work on preschool math and counting? Why not allow your kids to guess how many ornaments are on the Christmas tree? Or better yet, let them count them as you place them on the tree.
- Working on patterns? Grab those ornaments and create simple AB patterns and have your preschooler complete them. Working on addition, use those ornaments. Call out simple sums such as, “What’s 3+4?” and have them use the ornaments as manipulatives to guess the answer. You can do this while you are cooking. Just have them in the kitchen with you on the floor.
- Working on literacy? The best way to teach your kids to read is to read to them. Yup, they learn expression as well as print awareness. Grab a few Christmas books such as A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens or any of the books you see below. Cuddle up, grab a snack or two and read with your kids. There is actually a book list with over 20 popular Christmas books.
- I remember at Christmas time my grandpa would always have riddles for us. The one I remember the most is
“What did the carpet say to the floor?
“Don’t move, I’ve got you covered”Grab this free Christmas Riddles print out courtesy of Blue Mountain that’s filled with more Christmas riddles.
As a matter of fact, try a few of the other Christmas activities suggested on this resource page as well. Don’t forget to check out the other 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS suggestions.