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Coping with Holiday Parental Guilt

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The holidays are here, but for most people, that fact won't pull you away from your office for long. It's easy to start feeling guilty knowing that you can't be home for your children's entire winter break. While you're cooped up answering emails and sending faxes, your kids are probably at home baking cookies with your caregiver and wondering when you'll be home from work. 

It's at these moments that you should stop and realize that your work is incredibly valuable to your family. That being said, here are some tips for easing the tug on your heartstrings:

  1. Plan a day during the break when you can come home early and surprise the kids with pizza. Make sure you communicate with your caregiver so you don't derail any plans they may have had for the children. 
  2. When you are at home with the kids, be present. Put down the laptop, turn the smart phone to vibrate, and have meaningful conversation with your family.
  3. Send a fun video greeting to your nanny or babysitter's phone to be shared with the children. Tell a joke or a riddle that you'll only answer once you've come home. 
  4. Set up a fun weekend field trip to a museum or a Christmas tree farm and get your kids excited for it during the days leading up to your special trip. 
Remember that the amount of time you have to spend with your children isn't what truly matters. It's what you do with that time that makes it truly memorable!
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