Children transform into monsters.

The holiday season can bring out the absolute worst in some kids. But it’s really not their fault, said Carla Naumburg, a clinical social worker, author of “You are Not a Sh*tty Parent: How to Practice Self-Compassion and Give Yourself a Break” and a mother of two herself. Children often go to bed late, eat different foods and indulge in more screen time. “Their schedules and routines fall apart,” she said.

Some parents welcome that break from structure, and that’s OK. “Parents get to decide what works and what doesn’t work with their family,” Dr. Naumburg said. “If you don’t want to set limits around the holidays, you don’t have to!”

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