Busy parents are a whole new kind of busy when the holiday season kicks into gear. We have all seen that mom - or been that mom - who is running around to holiday shows, parties, picking out gifts for teachers, wrapping late into the night, and baking... and baking... and baking.
By the time we get the chance to sit down and enjoy a meal or a party with our family, those of us moms who have been running around since the week before Thanksgiving making lists and checking them more than twice, are ready to drop. In our quest to create seasonal magic for everyone around us, we have exhausted ourselves. And we have to wonder, have we exhausted our kids, too?
Is there any joy left to the season, or did we schedule and plan our way out of it?
It's time to rewind and slow down before our kids become as overwhelmed as we are and the first step to doing that is by asking our children.
Asking the right questions and creating space to really listen to our children helps us to determine what traditions matter to them, and what we should skip this year.
Their answers might surprise you. Maybe they enjoy doing a holiday craft or taking out ornaments with their baby pictures on them. Maybe they look forward to watching a favorite movie because they like how you sing the words to all the songs and, more than anything, our children want to see us happy. They want to know that they can bring us joy and we can share joy with them.
The gifts, the parties, the Instagram-ready decorations and desserts can be wonderful, but ask your children what moments really matter to them, what moments they think of when they consider what the holidays mean to them. The moments might be smaller than you think, and far more special.
From all of us at Portraits that Move, we wish you a season filled with the small moments that matter, with the people that truly bring you joy.
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