Parenting Fails: 7 Ways to Make the Holidays Miserable

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Overloading Your Schedule

If your calendar is about as decorated as a Christmas tree, you might have an issue with overscheduling yourself. Constantly shuffling tired, cranky kids from party to party and expecting that they be on their best behavior is a recipe for a total tantrum. Instead of saying "yes" to everything, pick a few things that really matter and decline the rest. Then, make sure you plan some downtime for your little ones. If they had to be on their best behavior at Grandma's, take them to the indoor playground to help release some of those pent-up wiggles.