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These two weeks can be a great time

Listening to the pitter patter of little feet takes on a different flavor when you know you’ll hear them for two solid weeks while your children are out of school on the holiday break.
We all remember how exciting this period is for the children and we know how stressful it can be for the adults, but there are some simple ways to help each other get through it and make use of the time we have with our children, as well.

First of all, every psychologist will tell you limiting the over-indulging in fun and late nights will keep children from the sick withdrawal of the first day back. Nothing throws off circadian rhythms like a string of nights where children stay up into the wee hours.

Second, sleepovers can be a good plan in situations where we need a day or night to ourselves. A network of family friends with children the same age can become a musical game of who gets what child on what day, and that can keep our youngsters having fun while we get a little breathing room.

Having family come to visit during the holidays can also mean grandma and grandpa can look after Johnny and Jane while Mom and Dad take a much-needed break.

It’s important to make use of this time, though, because it is a time when great memories are made. Do things you don’t normally — take them to the drive-in, as was suggested in our story on the front page today; take them to a museum or a play; spend an evening stargazing; perhaps give them a chance to plan a family outing in town.

Christmas break is a wonderful time in the lives of schoolchildren.

For parents, it can be a stressful whirlwind of last-minute shopping and an organizational nightmare. Use the time you have today to do some planning for the next two weeks, but know those plans can change quickly, and you’ll likely feel much more peace of mind knowing the children will be at home in the morning instead of off to school.

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