As Christmas looms closer, your children may be bouncing off the walls in anticipation of holiday preparations, parties and the gifts they hope to receive. Even though they are exhibiting happy energy it can get out of hand. An over-eager child might break ornaments while helping decorate the tree. They might drop the plate of cookies you baked for the neighbors or give away secrets about what's in the packages.
Here are some suggestions for how to get things under control without curbing your child's excitement.
* Even with all the extra events, keep your child's routine as consistent as possible. This includes making sure your child gets enough sleep.
* Write down special events on the family calendar. This eliminates your child continually asking when events will occur.
* Enlist your child to help with gift wrapping, making place cards for the family dinner or even helping clean the house in preparation for guests.
* Suggest they play a board game or other quiet activity. Play a holiday CD. This will have a calming effect and bring their excitement level down a notch.
By helping your child find ways to channel all of their holiday excitement, things in your house will be much more manageable.