By Dr. Laura Markham, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, www.ahaparenting.com
We all want our relatives to see how wonderful our kids are. Unfortunately, taking children to visit over the holidays often doesn’t really give them a chance to shine. The kids get off their routines, overstimulated and disconnected from us. At that point, they crash and burn.
But there are some tips that will make a smooth visit more likely.
1. Check your own expectations. If your toddler is teething, he won’t suddenly become less whiny. You can expect your difficult relative to be difficult again this year. But life doesn’t have to be perfect to be good. Your children can act terribly, and it doesn’t mean you’re a terrible parent— it means they’re kids! I bet your parents remember you acting terribly once or twice, and you came out ok. Continue reading Visiting Family for the Holidays