Avoiding Parent Pitfall #5: Dump the Unrealistic Expectation

Lisa Cherry —  December 20, 2013

house lit for Christmas

By Lisa Cherry

Time to face it. There are only five days left until Christmas and some of your Christmas plans are just not going to get done.

At least not without fussing and stressing and fuming and barking. Just so everyone can have some quality family memories.

It's time to retire the unrealistic. Gracefully and cheerfully and quietly. Remember, you were likely the inventor of that expectation anyway.

I love the holiday season as I get to practice this tip in an obvious way, so that long about February I will hopefully remember it when it is not so obvious.

Lisa...relax those unrealistic expectations! You and your kids will thank you!

Image: Micheal Gil: “Lights Of December: December 3, 2011” Flickr Creative Commons
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This post is part of my series about potholes-- pitfalls that can really jerk your car off the parenting road. These are road hazards that I can personally testify about, because I have fallen into some of them myself!  Here are the other posts in this series:

Avoiding Parent Pitfall #1: Too Much Too Soon
Avoiding Parent Pitfall #2: Flattering Your Child

Avoiding Parent Pitfall # 3: Assuming They Get It
Avoiding Parent Pitfall #4: Cookie Cutter Parenting

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