Ingredients for Successful Holiday Meals with Children, by Dr. Brad Schwall
Ingredient 1: Preparation
- Focus discipline on prevention.
- Provide activities that keep children busy.
- Balance time during which being calm and still is expected with time when playing is appropriate.
Ingredient 2: Routine
- Prevent children from becoming too tired, hungry, or over-stimulated by maintaining their routine as much as possible.
Ingredient 3: Clear expectations
- Let your child know exactly what behavior is expected.
- Go over appropriate voice volume, the importance of sharing, staying calm inside the home, and manners.
Ingredient 4: Patience
- Avoid showdowns.
- Describe exactly what you want your children to do without criticizing, raising
your voice, or making threats you cannot or will not enforce.
Ingredient 5: Conversation
- Include your children in conversation.
- Ask your children questions. Allow them to contribute to the discussion.
- Engaging children in conversations teaches them communication skills and social skills -- and it keeps them busy.