Parenting Fails: 7 Ways to Make the Holidays Miserable

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Not Laughing

You probably wonder why Santa is so jolly—um, does he know how much work the holidays are? He might have elves to do his bidding, but parents are stuck with a messy house and all their helpers napping with full bellies or playing with new toys. If you can't step back and laugh at yourself and your family once in a while, you might as well just cancel the holidays altogether. When you feel your blood starting to boil, ask yourself if it really matters. A broken ornament here, a sibling argument there—a little laughter goes a long way in avoiding further parenting fails to make the holidays bearable.