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Whilst the Christmas festive season is supposed to be a time of celebration and family time it can also be an extremely demanding period, particularly for busy families where parents work long hours.
At the exact point where you will need to be tying up loose ends and finishing up work projects before the extended break, you may also be juggling extra meal planning, present buying and desperately trying to summons up a little Christmas spirit for socialising. Lo and behold just as you thought you couldn’t be stretched any further you realise that your children’s nanny has a planned vacation and the kids are about to finish school until the New Year!
How are you supposed to deal with increasingly excitable children on top of everything else?
By planning ahead, that’s how! Here are a few ideas on how to circumnavigate stress in the run up to Christmas.
Many schools and local authorities hold Children’s Holiday Clubs for exactly this reason. They know that parents work but still have children who need to be entertained and cared for as usual. There are three great advantages to holiday clubs:
You will need to check out availability in your area, find out their opening times and then book, well in advance. As you can imagine, places are at a premium and disappear fast.
If you find out that childcare placements are few and far between why not form a childcare co-op with your close friends. Split up the time equally between families and take turns caring for all of the children together. If a schedule is worked out in advance this can work to everyone’s advantage:
If you are working parents, the chances are that you probably already know other working parents, each with their own nanny or au pair. Why not share the available childcare between two or three families. There are clear advantages to joining forces:
And just for good measure, here are two other top ways to deal with the extra Christmas stress:
Maximise your enjoyment of your family time this festive season by getting your diary and shopping well organised in advance!
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