Think about it. Thanksgiving. Christmas. New Year’s. Working so hard to keep consistency, to keep your child(ren) in step without missing a beat. It’s completely exhausting. Everything goes back to “normal” next week. Your kids will more than likely go back to school and you and your wife are spent. How do you recoup?
1. Stay consistent. This will more than likely be a staple in most lists, but you want to set your children up for success. With that being said, maintain consistency.
2. School Preparation. If you haven’t been doing anything learning related since Christmas break and now, it may not hurt to start. Have some reading time. Coloring time for the little ones. Throw in a fun, learning activity that may include math or critical thinking. Get them back in shape for school so that it’s an easier transition.
3. Self-Care. Do something for yourself. More than likely your time off around the holidays has been spent with your children, and rightfully so. Find something you like to do. Watch a bowl game. Read a book. Go to the gym. Go on a hike. Get yourself ready for the year ahead.
4. Marriage-Care. Chances are you and your spouse have had the evenings together, but by then you are wiped out and ready for bed depending on the age of your kids. Totally understandable. See if you can get a babysitter and go on a date night with your spouse. It can be simple. It can be relaxing. It can be fun. Or it could be adventurous. Either way, do something fun together.
5. Plan a Family Activity. Yes, you’re exhausted. But after a week or two of getting back into a normal routine, plan a family activity. Why? Because you want to instill family fun outside of the holiday season. It doesn’t need to be flashy, but it needs to be together. The importance of having fun together will mean a lot more than you’ll ever know to your children. Experiences together are worth more than any allotment of toys.
Now, go take a nap (if you're reading this in the middle of the day), get a cup of coffee or beverage of your choice, and relax. Start the process of coming out of the holiday crash.