What’s the secret to happy holidays with family? Having a well thought out holiday plan of attack.
When you’re a grandparent, holidays are even more complicated. There’s so much more to consider than planning your Thanksgiving menu and getting Christmas gifts for the grandkids. There are a lot of logistics to work out if you are having visitors, or visiting your grandchildren. The meal planning alone is stressful—not to mention the cooking!
Your grandchildren’s parents are beginning to worry, too. Why? Because they know there are bound to be conflicts with you over the hot spots that holidays bring.
So how do you prepare for a holiday season that will leave you with happy memories?
As with everything, it’s vital that you start with an open conversation with your adult children. Most of the stress and disappointment around holidays comes from unmet expectations. Take the time to share what you hope will happen and listen to your adult kids about what works for them. A ten-minute conversation can prevent days of misunderstanding or resentment. It can set you up for happy holidays well into the future.
The three main areas of holiday stress are visits, gifts and meals. Questions about these topics range from simple to complex:
We’ve answered all these questions, and a whole lot more, in A Grandparent’s Guide to Happy Holidays. This 12-page PDF guide includes grandparent-tested and parent-approved advice on navigating the most common hot spots of family holidays, from juggling schedules to picky grandkids.
We consulted with both grandparents and parents to make sure that we covered the all things that they worry about as holidays approach. Our guide will help you recognize issues you might not have thought of, and give you the chance to discuss them while you still have plenty of time to make holiday plans.
Of course, a conversation is just the start. There will still be lots of holiday organizing to be done! That’s why we’ve included customizable, fillable worksheets for organizing every aspect of your holiday planning, from budgeting and gift-giving to getting help in the kitchen. You’ll get access to holiday planners in both Excel and Google Sheets so you can use whichever works best for you.
When you buy A Grandparent’s Guide to Happy Holidays, you’ll also get our exclusive cheat sheet, My Favorite Things, to help make sure you always give the best gifts! It goes beyond “what’s your favorite color?” to help you know what gifts your daughter-in-law or brother will really appreciate, so you don’t have to hope that a pine-scented candle is the perfect present. Just send them this fillable PDF and become the best giver-of-gifts in the family!
While no holiday organizer, holiday plan checklist, or holiday planner can ensure a stress-free family celebration, A Grandparent’s Guide to Happy Holidays will set you up for success. At under $10, it’s the cheapest holiday insurance on the market! Go get your copy today!
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