A Very Merry Christmas – Commando Joe’s Style!
Late nights, lots of excitement and too much chocolate isn’t the best combination for happy children and can make the Christmas holidays a hectic time for Mum and Dad.
We’ve asked our team for their best tips, tricks, ideas and activities to keep your children on the ‘nice list’ this Christmas.
Here’s our advice for a peaceful, joy-filled, healthy Christmas!
- Help them appreciate the joy of giving. They’re no doubt excited to receive presents on Christmas Day, but help them get excited about giving gifts too. Take part in the anonymous ‘Doorstep Challenge’ – choosing a deserving neighbour or family member and delivering them a present in secret. (If it’s an elderly neighbour, it’s wise to quietly let them know in advance)
- Make sure everybody mucks in. Ask your children to help out a bit round the house, maybe allocating them one job each – helping you to walk the dog, tidy up all the wrapping paper or put the dishes away. Far from making you a ‘Scrooge’, it helps keep children well-balanced and gives you more quality time together as a family.
- Teach them to share. There’s nothing more disheartening than each child running off to play with their new toys in their own rooms. Why not set a rule where all new toys, games, computers or tablets stay in the living room, to be played on together, at least until New Year?
- Inspire their passions. Two weeks off school means more time doing the things they really love – whether that’s going swimming, playing football, drawing or baking cakes. Make the most of the free time.
- Have a gadget-free hour (or longer, if you can!) every day. They might be itching to check Snapchat or play a game on their iPad, but the Christmas holidays will be over before they know it. Play some games round the dinner table or get out for a walk if you’re starting to worry about the amount of screen time.
- Set a little bit of a routine. That one day when the whole family stays in their pyjamas might be special – but that’s probably because it only happens once a year. Try to keep a good sleep routine going, get some fresh air every day…and if there’s homework to be completed, don’t leave it until the last day!
Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year!