If you ask most parents what they’re looking forward to this holiday season, you will probably hear about relaxing and spending some quality time with family. It’s a lovely idea and something we all aspire to, but it doesn’t always (or even often) work out that way, does it? Too often we spend our winter vacation feeling stressed, exhausted, and annoyed, and it’s not long into the break before we start counting the days until our children go back to school and normal life resumes.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. However things have gone in holidays past, it is possible to have fun, connect with your children, and emerge from winter break not only with most of your sanity intact, but also feeling – dare I say it – relaxed. Here are some ideas for making this dream a reality.

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