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SHARE THE LOAD THIS CHRISTMAS

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While Christmas is a magical time for the kids, for the parents who make the magic happen it can be a never-ending list of stressful festive jobs. 

Of course, we can try to do it all ourselves and be supermum or dad while silently stressing out about carrying the load, or we can simply delegate some responsibility and have more fun in the process. 

While you are getting ready for Christmas take some time to plan ahead to share the responsibility for the day. It can really help with creating a happy atmosphere if you are all working together to create it.

Delegate the chores to whoever can help, including the children, and get them to agree on what they will do before the day arrives, so they know what to expect. 

To encourage co-operation you can make a list of the things you would like help with, and ask them to choose what they would like to do.

Remember that children are far more likely to take responsibility if you make them feel good about it, so be mindful to ask positively.

HERE IS A TYPICAL NEGATIVE THING TO SAY.

"Come and help peel the vegetables I am overloaded here."
 
"Why don't you get you nana a drink instead of just yourself."

HERE IS A POSITIVE THING TO SAY.

"I would really like your help to prepare the vegetables would you like to do peel the potatoes or the carrots?"

" Would you be in charge of making sure everyone has a drink, that would be an amazing help, thank you."
 
It is not hard to see how we speak can encourage children to take responsibility.
 
Try it yourself and lighten your load this Christmas. 
 

 

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