The Real-Mom Holiday Wish List: 10 Things Every Mom Needs This Season (page 2)

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Updated on Dec 28, 2012

A Wrapping Station

Let's face it: A large percentage of your season will be spent holed up in your room, crinkling paper and untangling tape. Why not make the job a little more pleasant by setting up an actual wrapping station? A couple of organized baskets of ribbon, spare scissors, some music and a little quiet time makes the job infinitely more pleasant than when you're up frantically wrapping into the wee hours on Christmas Eve.

Netflix (Or Any Other Movie Streaming Account)

Okay, while you might love Netflix for watching old episodes of Downton Abbey, having a Netflix account means that you have tons of options for family movies and an escape for your overstimulated kids. Being able to rely on My Little Pony to pick up the slack when your little ones are running amok means that you might actually get the kitchen cleaned or the cookies baked. Hey, little helpers are great; little helpers who stay occupied are even better.

Quality Spouse Time

Licensed marriage and family therapist Sharon Gilchrest O'Neill thinks that some "alone time" with your partner is the gift that keeps on giving. "I am forever making the point to my clients that one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is a happy marriage," she says. "So, on every woman's list should be some special time with her husband, to stay well connected, no kids allowed!" Grab a babysitter and head out for a cheapie hot chocolate and Christmas light date and the stress of the season won't permeate your relationship.

A Nap

After slaving over the stove, decking the halls, gifting your entire family and shuttling back and forth from parties, nothing sounds more glorious than a long winter's nap.

So you might be getting gifts more along the lines of bathrobes and DVDs this year, but you can always dream. You can also make some of the items on your holiday wish list a priority so your family knows that you need, not want, some quality time or a nap. With all the hustle and bustle surrounding the holidays, taking a break for yourself is a gift that's seriously priceless.

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