by Lori Lite
Holidays with family can mean an increase in chaos and stress. Having a Thanksgiving plan can reduce anxiety and elevate the joy factor allowing us to have the holiday we always dreamed of. G-R-A-T-E-F-U-L Thanksgiving Stress Tips .
R- Relax your expectations and let the day unfold. You might be surprised by the outcome.
A- Acceptance is the opposite of judgment. If we accept our family member for who they are and what they are capable of we can relax and enjoy ourselves.
T- Teens can be a part of Thanksgiving. Ask them what they would like to bring to the table. Let them bring it.
E- Empower children and let them help with age appropriate assignments. Putting the nuts out or making the centerpiece. Let them do it their way…not your way.
F- Focus on family for this day. Put all work and worries on the shelf
U- Unplug the electronics for dinner so that everyone can be fully present.
L- Love is often overlooked when we are busy. Cook with love… Speak with love… Show your love and gratitude for your family on this Thanksgiving Day.
Stress Free Kids founder Lori Lite has created a line of books and CDs designed to help children, teens, and adults decrease stress, anxiety, and anger. Ms. Lite’s books, CDs, and lesson plans are considered a resource for parents, psychologists, therapists, child life specialists, teachers, and yoga instructors. Lori is a certified children’s meditation facilitator and Sears’ Manage My Life parenting expert. For more information visit Stress Free Kids and for daily advice follow Lori on Twitter and Face Book. Stress Free Kids Fund Raising Program brings stress management and relaxation to your families while generating funds that will benefit your school, group, or organization.
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