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As parents, let’s face it – it has been a challenging year to this point and the holiday period has always been exciting but can be overwhelming for some. Despite the world being in chaos and being subject to multiple lockdowns, the parent to do list has not changed. We’ve all had the same work, family duties, household duties, emotional responsibilities and attempts at self-care throughout this period. Some of you may still have children home all day whilst trying to work a 9-5, because we are all trying to do our part, right?
We recognise that this year, you will already be managing the expectations of your children or family members in various ways, whilst having the added responsibility of checking and understanding Covid tier guidelines.
Pause! Remember if you are stressed or anxious no matter how much you try to hide it children will pick up on your cues.
This year has already forced various changes upon our lives – It’s time to get some sense of control back and stop simply treading water.
We want you to consider seeing this as less of a challenge, but rather an opportunity! Stick with us – this is probably the most fitting year to take the pressure off and give yourself permission to focus a lot less on striving to create the ‘perfect Christmas’.
Here are some tips Shak and I at Mothers and Martinis HQ have come up with;
- Take each hour as it comes.
- Just manage what’s in front of you, stay in the moment and deal with what you can.
- Throw the ‘super mumming’ narrative out the window – this one is a real game changer btw!
- Quit putting your plans on hold, waiting for life to return to normal. Instead embrace your skills and adjust to the new normal – mindset is everything!
- Have a smaller festive dinner if you can – New government guidelines mean you can have Christmas with two other bubbles – but Christmas with your bubble alone could also be magical.
- Have your Christmas meal delivered already prepped – supermarkets like Aldi, Tesco, M&S and Waitrose have great selections as do companies like belle-full.co.uk and Farm drop, particularly if you want to support our UK businesses and farmers.
- Have a Virtual Christmas gathering – You can use Zoom, Google Meet or Facebook portal to spend all day with family, virtually – yes all day with less washing up!
- You can also ask any guests to bring extra protective items such as hand sanitiser, soap, masks and tupperware to ensure you do not get caught short.
- By the way, Martinis and mock Martinis always help!
Lastly, ‘if it doesn’t fit – try something else’ – the solutions and ideas you come up with might be so amazing they may be stitched into your future family traditions. We know you got this!