Health Tip: Make the Holidays More Meaningful

Suggestions for you and your children

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(HealthDay News) - Children can easily be caught up in the superficial aspects of the holidays, including all of the big meals, and gifts coming from so many friends and relatives.

The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions for making the holidays more meaningful for you and your children:

  • Create traditions in the family that your children can look forward to. Talk about why it's important to have traditions, and which ones are their favorites.
  • Encourage children to volunteer, and to make donations and gifts for those who are less fortunate.
  • As a family, make homemade gifts to give to friends and family members. Help your children understand that a gift doesn't need to be something that's bought from a store.
  • Don't let yourself get stressed during the holidays. Let your children see that it's a time to enjoy spending together as a family.

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