Top Tips for Busy Parents During Family Holidays

Time is Supposed to Be About Making Special Memories (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Family Holidays: Life Gets Hectic

If you’re the parent of young kids, I don’t need to tell you that life is pretty busy 365 days a year. From the morning rush to after-school activities and homework, our children require so much of our time and attention, even on days when they’re in school for seven hours. When the winter holidays roll around, it’s difficult not to think You’re kidding me. I’m going to have even more on my plate now? It’s tempting to double up on the espresso shots in your festive peppermint white-chocolate mocha. That energy has to come from somewhere, right?

Our Children Require So Much of Our Time and Attention (Image Source: Shutterstock)

How to Stay Organized This Holiday Season

Make a To-Do List

I find it easier to knock out my chores and errands when I can see them in list form. I sometimes like to write them down on a piece of lined paper and cross them off one by one. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment to draw a line through a task when I’ve completed it. If that’s too old-fashioned for you (or if you’re likely to lose the paper), use a to-do list template or create one of your own.

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Use Shared Calendars

At the beginning of the school year, the staff at my kids’ school releases a downloadable calendar of all school events from September through June. It transfers perfectly to my laptop’s calendar, which syncs to my phone. Check with your kids’ schools to see if they offer something similar — it’s a great way to stay on top of parent-teacher conferences, concerts and performances, and class parties.

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Save Time With Quick Recipes and More

Staying organized and prioritizing your most important tasks can be highly effective time-savers. Still, if you’re struggling to fit everything in, here are a few easy ways to get stuff done quickly.

Treat Yourself to a Pre-Lit Christmas Tree

If you love decorating your Christmas tree but aren’t married to the idea of having a real one, invest in a pre-lit artificial one this year. There are many attractive ones on sale for under $100, which is a great deal for a tree that will last for years to come. You can even purchase a tree with lights that shift from traditional white to brightly colored with just the touch of a button. When the holiday season has ended, you can disassemble your tree for easy attic or basement storage within a matter of minutes. Or, if you have the space, you can leave it assembled and stash it in a closet for easy removal next year!

Try a Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree This Year (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Use Easy Cookie Recipes

Who doesn’t love baked holiday goods? I’ve loved them ever since I was young enough to leave cookies for Santa, and since nowadays I am Santa, I like to make sure we’re well-stocked. When I have the time, I like to use my mom’s classic sugar cookie recipe, which requires allowing the dough to chill in the freezer for several hours. But when I need to whip up a batch of Christmas cookies for a party, I use some of my favorite quick recipes. I love how easy and versatile cake mix cookies are. You can prep the dough in just five minutes, and it’s easy to make them festive for the holidays. Use holiday-colored M&Ms or sprinkles to make them seasonal and festive.

It’s Easy to Make Them Festive For The Holidays (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Do Your Shopping Online

I don’t know about you, but I’m so grateful that online shopping has become such a big part of our economy. If I don’t have to get in the car, drive to the store, park, browse the aisles, and wait in the checkout line, I’m a happy camper. It saves me so much time, and I’m able to avoid the crowded parking lots, stores, and long lines.

Shopping Online Has Made the Holidays So Much Easier For Me (Image Source: Shutterstock)

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