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The end of 2022 is looming. What a year it has been. We have all been thrown back into the chaos as all the activities launch back to life. I can’t say that I absolutely loved the lock downs we experienced here in Australia, but I definitely relished in the slower pace of life.

If you are a parent, you may be heading into the Christmas break with mixed emotions. Yes, Christmas is a lovely time of year, filled with yummy food and family gatherings, however along with Christmas comes 6 weeks of relentless parenting. I have three gorgeous children (well, mostly gorgeous), I love them dearly, but I have to admit that even I find this school break quite long and arduous.

So, mums and dads, how are we going to get through these school holidays unscathed with our sanity intact? Here are the three things that you need to know:

  1. Preparation is key in reducing fights between siblings and parents and children. Why? When we have a plan for the day, often the big decisions have been made. For example, where are we going and what will we eat during the day. If you have a rough plan in your mind, you reduce the likelihood of arguments arising from indecision.
  2. Designate jobs or roles for your children. For example: my children fight over who chooses songs in the car. To reduce these arguments, I state who is in charge of the song selection before we get into the car. Again, this reduces the likelihood of arguments arising because the decision has already been made.
  3. If you are going to eventually say “yes” to a request, please do not say “no” then enter into 30 minutes of screaming and tantrums only to then turn around and say “yes” to the request. Understand your limits!! It is ok to say “yes” to some things if you are not feeling up to navigating the rocky waters of arguments. However, if you choose to say “no”, stick by your word.

I would love to hear more about your school holidays. What are you doing with your family. For those ASD families, please share any ASD friendly locations or service providers.

Good luck!!

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