How to Survive the Holidays

by Melodee, Spaceships and Laser Beams

How to Survive the Holidays

Have you counted the number of weekends until Thanksgiving? Christmas? My boys do that for me. My palms are sweating and my mom-brain is shrieking, “It can’t be!” But this year I have a new strategy to keep everyone at their thankful, merry best—including me! Thanks for the help, Tum-E Yummies, and thanks for sponsoring this post. Tips for the Holidays Don’t get me wrong. I love the holidays. I start playing Christmas carols earlier than anyone should, and I argue with myself about waiting until the day after the Thanksgiving feast to put up our tree. But this isn’t my first holiday season with three boys and two turkey-loving, tree-climbing, light-bulb-eating cats. I am a woman with war stories. I have taught myself to think “adventure” instead of “ordeal”. It’s a sanity-saving strategy. But why, oh why, don’t kids come with personal instruction manuals attached to their umbilical cords? Wouldn’t life be easier? It would be sort of like reading a recipe. You determine how you think your child should turn out and then you add the experiences with a boatload of love and they turn out happy, well-adjusted, and successful. And nobody would get hurt in the process, says the woman whose youngest son broke his arm twice in the past year. Tips for the Holidays And…everybody would eat and drink whatever their mom set before them, without complaints. Mealtime would never include picky eaters or rude table manners or gross noises that only boys think are funny. My boys never seem to forget to eat but sometimes they forget to drink. That’s especially true during the busy holiday season—you know, when germs and colds are everywhere and you are being Extra-Careful Mom. I’ve even set glasses of water on the counter so when they pause in their busy-boy escapades they can grab a drink. And I go about my busy-mom escapades and then realize their full water glasses are still on the counter. That’s not healthy. As any mom knows, hydration matters as much as good nutrition. Boys who want to be superheroes, star athletes, and (insert today’s current wannabe) need to drink enough because almost 75% of the human body is made of water. My boys have heard my lecture often enough they could probably recite it. But a war-weary mom knows her way around. Enter: Tum-E Yummies. Tum-E Yummies Tum-E Yummies is a colorful, flavorful fruity drink that kids like and parents can feel good about. We don’t use it to replace water, but it’s been a great supplement because Tum-E Yummies is non-carbonated, there is zero sodium, 100% of the daily value of Vitamins C, B6, and B12 and only 50 calories. My boys love the Tum-E Yummies sports bottle look and I love the spill-proof cap. Tum E Yummies Orange Drink There are five flavors and colors—Berry Blue, Greentastic Apple, Fruitabulous Punch, Orange-arific, Sour-sational Raspberry—so I can use this mom trick: I keep track of who drank how much by letting them each choose their favorites. Individualism encouraged! Tum E Yummies Flavors So this year our holidays will be different. I have thought through every scenario from everyday routines, to having friends over for holiday parties, to visiting with relatives. This will be the best holiday season ever. Everyone will stay healthy, we’ll make awesome family memories, and I will remain sane. Tum E Yummies This is my plan. Subject to adjustment, as necessary. Kids Having Holiday Fun I dare you to check the calendar for how many weekends until Thanksgiving and Christmas. Try not to shriek.
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