The Mommy Chronicles: The (Holiday) Situation Room

Hard realities tend to hit us at the most inopportune times. Like your deciding another baby may be great, and, on the very same afternoon, you witness the biggest meltdown you’ve ever seen in Publix by a 25-pound bundle of Huggies with a pacifier? This happens a lot during the holidays. Reality is amplified. Be prepared this year. 

The Situation: Your (insert family member here), thinks her recipe is the only right recipe for your holiday dish.  

The Fix: Politely accept the “advice” and advise a little yourself about the importance of new traditions. Or, in the case of Jacoby Rogers, father of four, keep it simple. “[Holiday dinner] Is usually similar to a workplace potluck,” he said. “Everyone brings something to the one centralized location of celebration.” (Sometimes we just need a dad’s simplicity!) 

 

The Situation: Your child is beginning to seem more ungrateful by the moment. Toys are scattered on the floor. A tantrum is brewing. 

The Fix: Ask family members who may be gifting your children to scale back. Reiterate to your child the true meaning of this time for your family. If this doesn’t work, you can remind them Santa does have a naughty list.  

Marlena Rice is a busy mom and writer who lives in Tuscaloosa with her husband, Rod, and their son, Beaux William. Her new book, “Pacifiers, Flatbeds and Barn Wood Thingamajigs, a ‘Come to Jesus Guide’ for the New, Southern Mom,” will be available on Amazon.com soon. 

 

The Situation: You waited too late. Amazon cannot ship your husband’s gift before Christmas. Again. For the second year in a row. 

The Fix: It would be easy to just say “Buy a day planner!” But I’m guilty too. Take a day off work, and spend time detailing what Christmas will look like for you. Make it happen. No procrastinating. Buy gifts now and avoid the last-minute pressure. Or, skip online orders altogether. Get crafty and personal. Those gifts are the best.  

 

The Situation: You have a bunch of “other people’s kids” in your home who just won’t listen

The Fix: Children are fantastic without non-structured environments (regular school hours, a set, normal bedtime, etc.) Yes, I am kidding. If you expect a group of kids, plan holiday-themed games and crafts to combat any potential meltdowns and tantrums. Prior to, ask all parents attending for permission to say something should their child get out of hand. They will likely say yes, and, since they’ve been put on notice, when their child is the “one,” the situation can be handled quickly.  

 

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Marlena Rice

Marlena Rice is a busy mom and writer who lives in Tuscaloosa with her husband, Rod, and their son, Beaux William. Her new book, “Pacifiers, Flatbeds and Barn Wood Thingamajigs, a ‘Come to Jesus Guide’ for the New, Southern Mom,” will be available on Amazon.com soon. 

Website: www.linkedin.com/in/marlena-rice-37975b40

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