What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
        
 
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  

Resources

   

HOW CAN MOMS AVOID STRESS DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON? - ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS IN MANHATTAN

     Home  >  Articles  > Holidays
by NYMetroParents Staff

Related: stress, holidays, christmas, gift shopping, mom, parents, manhattan, nyc, advice, tips. experts,


We asked local experts in Manhattan for their best advice on how moms can de-stress during the holiday season and all year round.

 

Merry Stressmas!

stressed out mom wrapping Christmas presents; overwhelmed by holidays

Start with one busy mom (is there any other kind?), add in the frenzy of the holiday season, and you've got the perfect recipe for stress. At this time of year, 'peace of mind' may seem as mythical as Santa Claus himself. To help you find more joy in the most wonderful time of the year (and all year-round), we asked local experts:

 

What is your best advice for stressed-out moms?

 

"My advice to all parents out there is to take a non-scheduled moment and deviate from the plan when the mood strikes you. Look to nature for these moments - the city is particularly beautiful at many times of the year. Take a deep breath and ask yourself, 'How can I best enjoy this moment with my child?'"

- Laura Brown, M.S., director, DramaZone, at schools throughout New York City

 

"When a vacation or a spa escape isn't in the picture, the simplest way to relax is to devote a day to doing nothing with your kids. Often we feel that when we have extra time on our hands, we need to come up with something productive to do to fill that time. Instead, try completely surrendering to relaxation. Stay in your pajamas all day. Watch TV, play Barbies or video games, and order in pizza. Experience a parent's version of total hedonism!"

- Kim Graham, co-owner, Moomah, Tribeca

 

"When a mom is exhausted and can no longer function, the entire household ceases to function, which is why it's important for the entire family that she ward off stress and exhaustion. One trick is to give mom special treats throughout the week. These don't have to be expensive or over the top - just little pleasures that make her happy.

Also, moms should assign chores to their children and keep a schedule of each family member's household responsibilities. Teaching children how to be responsible and independent is important for their future, so don't feel bad when you hand them the laundry.

Finally, make time for yourself, and don't be afraid to say "No" sometimes."

- Lorelei Garrett, operations director, BumbleBee Tennis, classes offered throughout the city

 




See more advice from experts in the New York metro area

 


Get Your FREE Indoor Activity eGuide!

More Holidays Articles

Money-Related Gift Ideas for Kids

Educational Gift Ideas for Kids
Sports-Related Gift Ideas for Kids
Stuff We Like: Stocking Stuffers!
How to Avoid Fire Hazards During the Holidays

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local Holidays Sponsors

Manhattan Fencing Center
225 W. 39th St, 2nd Fl
New York, NY
212-382-2255
The Manhattan Fencing youth after school program i...

Junior Ballroom Dancing
22 W. 34th St. (bet. 5th and 6th Avenues )
New York, NY
212-307-1111
Paul Pellicoro?s DanceSport, New York?s largest B...

Manhattan Youth & The Downtown Community Center
NY
212-766-1104
You don't have to travel far to find warm summer b...

Kid's Korner Preschool (The)
247 W. 24th St.
NY
212-229-9340
Kid's Korner is a NAEYC-accredited preschool/nurse...

Field Station: Dinosaurs
One Dinosaur Way
Secaucus, NJ
855-999-9010
9 MINUTES FROM MANHATTAN, 90 MILLION YEARS BACK IN...
See Our Holidays Directory

local zones

Nassau

Nassau cont.

Suffolk

Suffolk cont.

Westchester

Westchester cont.

Fairfield

Rockland

Rockland cont.

Queens

Queens cont.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

Copyright 2014 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE