girl with cocoa in winterThe holiday season is busy, festive, and fun for everyone in your family.  In between holiday parties, concerts, and weekend shopping, you and your children may need more downtime than you think. Kids can become overwhelmed by the hustle of the season, so make sure you’re fitting some family downtime time into the schedule.

Stay cozy. Whether you make a pillow and blanket fort and crawl inside with some hot cocoa or holiday snacks, or pop some popcorn for a movie night, staying quiet and comfortable indoors with the whole family is a little reminder that some of this season’s favorite moments can be smaller and more intimate

Get outside. Between the sugary snacks and the holiday dinners, make sure to get your family outdoors and moving around. Taking long walks in the park or even a hike if the weather is nice enough can be a great way for the whole family to unwind.

Stick with a routine. Do your kids take a few days off from daycare or preschool during the holiday season? Remember to talk with their childcare provider about their schedules during the day, and stick to that schedule if you can. Keep mealtimes and naps consistent, and you’ll do a world of good for your kids’ moods and energy.

family at christmas timeTurn off the screens. A key part of quality family time during the holiday season is that special face-to-face time that the holidays allow. Put away your phone and turn off the TV in order to capture some moments with your family.

Do your kids want to play with a new toy, bake cookies, or decorate? Take part in these activities to show them that you value the time away from work and in the home with them.

What are some of your family’s favorite holiday memories? How have you spent quality time with family during this season? Let us know in the comments section!