During the Holiday season, it’s important to remember to stay healthy and safe. Especially for our little ones! The season is drastically colder than normal. For some of you, there is ice and snow on the roads, compiled with LONG drives to see family for the holidays. For all of us, it’s cold and flu season, even here in Hawaii. There are presents, glass ornaments, and tape, scissors, ribbon, and fireplaces. Little Christmas knick knacks around the house. And the season has us pushing ourselves to the very brink of exhaustion.
Let’s remember to stay healthy and safe by following these guidelines below:
- Skip the glass ornaments. Seriously ladies, in this day of dangers, the factories have been kind enough to provide us with plastic ornaments that bounce, and not shatter. Let’s go with that! I even like the cloth ornaments, and I PREFER the handmade ornaments from my babies. But that’s all in this article here – Why I let my children decorate.
- Don’t let your tree dry out – I totally watched a video on Facebook that showed how quickly a dry Christmas tree can catch fire, and let me tell you…it’s FAST. I was blown away by how quickly the entire tree, plus presents, home, etc can be up in flames. Let’s take precautions and always water your tree.
- Don’t overdo the lights. I know that it’s very tempting to light up the tree in a magnificent wonder of holiday glory, just like Clark Griswald would. But that’s literally a fire hazard. Especially on a dry tree – see above. And always remember to turn off your lights when you go to bed – just in case.
- Don’t get an oversized tree that you have trouble lifting. It’s not hard for a tree to fall over on one of our babies. If you have a Clark Griswald (I know all my danger references are from National Lampoons) – type tree, then how do you save your little ones? If you can’t lift it, don’t buy it.
- Seatbelts – Holiday season or not, let’s wear your seatbelts people. According to the current statistics, you are 5 times more likely to die if you aren’t wearing your seatbelts. See here for my previous blog post on driving safety.
- Safety checks. Before getting in to your vehicle, and packing it up with your family, christmas presents, and luggage for a holiday road trip to visit relatives, please make sure that your vehicle is safe. Safety checks are handy, and they check things like signal lights, breaks, etc.
- Get rest – DON’T TRY TO PUSH THROUGH – this is so important! If you’re tired, get rest! Go to a motel to rest for the night, don’t push through. For those of us not driving far, but tired anyway, stay where you are. Spend the night if you’re at the house of a family or friend. Or sleep in your car.
- Follow safety laws – speed limits, etc.
- TIP – If you get stuck in the snow – clear the snow from the exhaust pipe, hang a bright marker on the outside of the car, turn on the inside dome light, and stay put. Run the car sporadically to keep warm.
- GET YOUR FLU SHOTS – Look I can’t tell you what to believe in, and I know that there are a lot of controversies with vaccines, etc these days. However, I’ve always gotten my flu shot, my boys always get their shots, flu and otherwise. And I think it’s just responsible, good practice. They seem fine, knock wood. Their health has always been on point, and I feel good knowing that they’re not spreading disease and illness.
- Keep hand sanitizer on you at all times. I always, always have hand sanitizer on me, even disinfecting wipes. Let’s face it, the public out there is iffy, dirty, and you have no idea who touched what before your child got there. Your child could even be the carrier of the germs. Who knows. Always good practice to have sanitizer and disinfecting wipes on you at all times.
- Don’t REUSE tissue. I know that for some of us moms, this is unspeakable, but I’ve seen this happen, and it’s gross. Don’t ever do this. You’re literally just re-spreading germs.
- Wash hands, make sure your little ones wash their hands. I feel like us mamas out there KNOW how important this is, and we find ourselves repeating ourselves over and over and over again. “Did you wash your hands…..? ….with SOAP??” That seems to be my favorite question, at least 50 times daily. But important to keep reminding them so that they develop healthy habits.
- Limit your alcohol consumption. I know that it’s the holiday season, there are parties everywhere, and stressors are for sure popping up. But it’s always really good to practice healthy habits, and moderation in all things.
- Don’t give in to the stress. Breathe, reflect, meditate, repeat. Stress will always be there, but how we respond to stress can be controlled by us. We want our little ones to see that we are always in control of our emotions, and our actions.
- Finally – FIND ME-TIME! Find time for yourself to rest, to drink some holiday tea and eat a christmas cookie. Find some time to actually enjoy the holiday season! You want the season to be a fun, merry experience that you enjoy. You don’t want to be the person that wants the holidays to end before they even started. That’s miserable. The Bah-Humbug feeling of – ugh Christmas is starting – is not a good look for anyone, whether you are a mama or not. If you are a mama, you definitely want your little ones to see you merry and cheerful, and happy. Not stressed out, tired, and grumpy all the time…even though we feel like that some days. Because let me tell you…they know. Not only do they know, and recognize that you may be stressed and tired….but sometimes they will feel that you feel that way because of them….and that’s not ok.
We all know that the holidays are stressful, but it will be especially stressful if the flu hits up your family, or if the Christmas tree burns down with all your presents and half of your home. The last thing you want to do is take not take precautions, or prevention when you had the chance.
We want to enjoy the holidays, we don’t want to spend the holidays at the hospital, or at bogged down with the flu. We don’t want to remember a fateful Christmas where we didn’t water our tree.
Simple steps of prevention can help make your holidays safe and healthy. Let’s put these into practice! I promise, you won’t regret it.