The New York Times – Jancee Dunn
If you have a young child, you’ve probably had it drilled into your head that kids thrive on routine. Small wonder that holiday time — with its explosion of cousins, flight delays, late bedtimes and the “fun uncle” who constantly slips your children cookies — can make parents exceedingly tense. But your routines need not be completely disrupted, experts say. As long as you loosely maintain the three pillars of wellness — sleep, food and exercise — during the holidays, you can weather them with minimal meltdowns. “Sometimes it’s not so much about sticking to your home routine as it is about finding a new holiday routine,” said Corinne McDermott, a mother of two and the author of the blog Have Baby Will Travel.