Why the Holidays Aren't Only for Kids

Why the Holidays Aren't Only for Kids

Kids may get the most gifts and the most time off, but holidays are for parents, too.

By Lorraine Allen

There’s something magical about being a kid during the holidays. There’s so much excitement in the air, time off from school, no homework, tons of cookies to eat, and of course, new toys and surprises that come wrapped in pretty paper. Nothing can beat all that! Being a parent during the holidays, on the other hand, can mean a whole lot of extra work, longer to-do lists, even more people than usual to think about and care for—but, for so many great reasons, the holidays are also a wonderful time of year for parents, too. In case you’re stressing and having a hard time enjoying the spirit of things, here are some of the many reasons why:

1. Kids are usually on their very best behavior, because they are anticipating lots of presents and they know they need to deserve them!

2. Parents get time off of work for the holidays, too—and if we use this time wisely, that means we can get a real chance to sit back and enjoy all the magic of the season with our kids, too.

3. This is the one time of year pretty much everyone is focused on being kind, cheerful and even helpful. How amazing is that?

4. Everyone is reaching out to show others how much they love each other, care about them and enjoy spending time with them.

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5. Parties! There’s no other time of year so filled with so many wonderful reasons to celebrate!

6. Family meals take on a whole new, festive, delicious twist around the holidays—such a welcome change from the usual weeknight dinner rush.


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7. Kids are so busy playing with their new gifts and toys (and eating cookies) that parents can actually sneak in more grown-up time with their spouses and friends and relatives.

8. So many cookies to bake! Eat! Decorate!

9. No matter what kind of challenges the past year has brought, the holidays are always a sure sign that this time is behind us, and that a fresh start is just around the corner. And that’s truly a wonderful gift.

10. Even though parents’ needs always come last, and kids get most of the attention and presents, we all get a special something, nicely wrapped, this time of year, from someone who loves us. And who doesn’t love getting presents, at any age?

What do you enjoy most about the holidays, as a parent?

Lorraine is a freelance parenting and food writer, and she shares her cooking adventures and family recipes at FeedingLina.com. She lives in New York with her family and one squirrel-obsessed dog. Follow her @feedingLina.

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