Season of Stress? How to Refocus the Holidays

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By Jae Curtis

Let's face it: Parents are getting more and more competitive. But in the race to create your kid’s most magical holiday ever, you might be exhausting yourself and missing the point. When you turn Christmas into a competition, everyone loses.

"When it comes to holidays, the biggest mistake parents make is not caring for themselves first," says Josh Klapow, clinical psychologist and associate professor of public health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "Sounds cliché, but when there are no boundaries, no rules for self-preservation, we see parents becoming martyrs."

Learn how to exchange holiday stress for the gift of quality family time.