Navigating the Holiday Excitement: Should I Stick to My Child’s Routine at Christmas?

The festive season is a time of joy, celebration, and family togetherness. However, amidst the festive excitement, parents often find themselves grappling with the question of whether to adhere to their child’s routine or embrace the spontaneity of the season. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of maintaining a routine during Christmas and weigh them against the allure of letting go and enjoying the festivities.


One of the primary arguments for sticking to your child’s routine during Christmas is the importance of consistency. Children thrive on routine as it provides a sense of stability and predictability. Amidst the hustle and bustle of holiday parties, family gatherings, and special events, maintaining a consistent routine can anchor your child, offering them a familiar structure during potentially overwhelming times.

Balancing Tradition and Flexibility

While routines provide stability, it’s essential to strike a balance between tradition and flexibility during the holidays. Christmas is a time for creating lasting memories, and some deviations from the norm can be both exciting and memorable for your child. Consider incorporating holiday-themed activities into their routine, allowing for a blend of tradition and festive spontaneity.

The Importance of Sleep

With the excitement of Christmas, late nights and disrupted sleep schedules are common. However, prioritising your child’s sleep is crucial for their overall well-being. Sleep impacts mood and behaviour, so finding a balance between festive late nights and maintaining a reasonable sleep routine is key. Perhaps reserve a few special occasions for staying up late and balance them with earlier bedtimes/slightly longer naps on other days.


Managing Expectations

Setting realistic expectations for both yourself and your child is a good idea. Recognise that some deviations from the routine are inevitable, but communicate these changes in advance to prepare your child. Managing expectations helps minimise potential meltdowns and allows for a smoother transition into the holiday festivities.

Fostering Flexibility and Adaptability

While routines are essential, the ability to adapt to change is a valuable skill for children to develop. Christmas offers an excellent opportunity to teach flexibility and resilience. Introduce new experiences and adjust routines when necessary, all while providing the support and reassurance your child needs during these changes.

In the end, the decision to stick to your child’s routine at Christmas depends on a delicate balance between stability and flexibility. While routines offer a sense of security, the holiday season is also a time for joy, excitement, and creating cherished memories. Strive to strike a balance that works for your family, incorporating the best of both worlds to ensure a happy and harmonious Christmas for everyone.

Merry Christmas to you from everyone here at The Nanny Connection!

Author: Allie Bell
Published on: Last updated: 26th February 2024

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