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Parenting Fails: 7 Ways to Make the Holidays Miserable

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Not Prepping Your Kids

Kids say—scream, yell, cry—the darndest things, especially at choice moments, like a serene Hanukkah dinner. As a parent, you know your kids well enough to know when you might veer into the danger zone. Parenting expert Meg Akabas recommends a little prep work to avoid a red-faced moment. "Before any holiday event, think about what scenarios you will need to review," she suggests. "Try, 'What should you do if you are served food that you don't like?' Or, 'Let's go over what you do when someone gives you a present.'"