published : 2023-12-10

Avoid These 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make at Christmastime

Parenting expert Hannah Keeley shares valuable insights to help moms have a better Christmas

Parents enjoying a relaxed and joyful Christmas gathering with their children, taken with a Canon EOS R.

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, but it can also be filled with stress and mistakes for parents and caregivers.

Hannah Keeley, a renowned parenting expert, has identified the top five holiday blunders that parents often make and offers valuable advice on how to avoid them.

One common mistake parents make is creating an overwhelming 'must-do' Christmas list. Keeley cautions that setting unrealistic expectations leads to inevitable disappointment.

A mother teaching her children about the joy of giving by creating handmade gifts, taken with a Nikon D850.

Instead of trying to do it all, parents should take it easy and leave plenty of room to relax. Keeley reminds us that beautiful family Christmas memories can be made without cramming in every possible activity.

Using Santa Claus as a bribe to get kids to behave is another mistake Keeley highlights. She calls it 'lazy parenting' and advises parents to love their kids enough to teach them self-discipline without resorting to bribery.

Keeley also cautions against being a 'martyr mom', someone who puts everyone else before themselves during Christmastime. She encourages parents to take care of themselves and enjoy the holiday season without wearing themselves out.

A happy family creating beautiful Christmas memories together, avoiding holiday blunders, taken with a Sony A7III.

Parents should avoid venting their frustrations around the holidays audibly in front of their children. Keeley explains that young children tend to internalize the problem and blame themselves. Instead, parents should stay calm, find reasons to be grateful, and vocalize them.

Lastly, Keeley emphasizes the importance of teaching children about giving, not just receiving, during the holiday season. She suggests making a 'give list' with children, encouraging them to use their imagination and creativity when thinking about gifts to give to loved ones.

By avoiding these mistakes and following Keeley's advice, parents can have a more relaxed and joyful Christmas, creating lasting memories for their families.