Any Tips For Surviving the Holidays? Share them here!
Sometimes, as the mom to children with GERD and food allergies, I want to just close my eyes and fast forward through the holiday season. Not because a am a furry green guy named "Grinch", it is quite the opposite in fact. I love this time of year. It's just that when you add GERD and food allergies to the mix, everything is just... well, HARD!
Sometimes by the time I am done with the preparations required for my children to participate I am literally worn out. That doesn't even include dealing with those people who love to give food to my kids without asking me first or the meltdowns that always occur when everyone gets a dessert but my child can't eat anything. Usually I prepare ahead but sometimes these things just come up and then we have drama!
After spending the holiday on "high alert" who wouldn't be worn out?
I have found over the years that being overly prepared is always good. We carry "safe foods" that are treats for my girls when those things pop up. I try to remember to ask about any potential issues BEFORE telling my kids we can participate in an activity. We also try to plan as many non-food based fun activities as possible. Sometimes we have to say "no" and deal with the fact that our response might annoy someone. I have come to accept that if we make it through with the kids healthy and happy then that is all that matters.
Those quiet moments snuggled up with my girls, watching their favorite Christmas movie, are always the best ones anyway!
I would love to hear any tips you might have for dealing with the holidays with minimal drama!