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Tahoe Mom Talk: Being more present during the holiday season

Natasha Schue
Mom Talk

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Decking the halls and trimming the tree … oh, and making those wish lists are all likely in full effect.

It's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season with parties and feasting galore, holiday school programs, and family gatherings. Last year, I think we felt the full effects of the season and ran ourselves ragged.

The boys were either ecstatic or melting down over whatever activity we had going on. Sugar was coursing through their veins and sleep was less of a priority. By the time we rang in the new year, I was exhausted.

This year, I want to try and be more present. I guess that's the goal every year, but I mean it this year! I also want to teach the boys more about gratitude and the spirit of the season, which for me, is bringing family together, giving to others, especially those who are less fortunate and being more gracious throughout the season.

Family: We are so incredibly fortunate to live close to family and spend time with them throughout the holiday season. I also know that many people aren't able to see family, whether it's because of financial burden, work prohibiting time off, or loss of family. This is just a little reminder to reach out to friends, co-workers and neighbors and be inclusive. Winter or Holiday Blues are a real disorder (Look up SAD: seasonal affective disorder) and I want to validate anyone that may be struggling this time of year.

Giving to Others: There are so many wonderful opportunities in our community to give back this time of year. Whether it's adopting a child via the Giving Trees and buying them a gift or volunteering for a local organization, I think it's important to slow down and focus on what we have and give to those less fortunate. These are principles I want the boys to always know and appreciate, too.

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Gratitude: How can we focus on the things that we are grateful for? I've thought about starting a gratitude journal and listing three good things that happened that day to reflect on and also be able to look back on. I would love to start the same tradition with the boys at bedtime. Imagine if we focused on what we were grateful for every night? One thing that I constantly take for granted, is our health. Nothing is more important than being healthy, focusing on self-care and finding balance. It's only when we fall ill or get injured that we realize how devastating it can be.

I hope you'll consider joining me in being more present this holiday season. I'll start by saying the three things I'm grateful for today: The health of our family (knock on wood it stays that way through the season!), wonderful friends and family, and Christmas music already playing on the radio!

Natasha Schue is a mom of two boys, wife and a full-time working, young professional. You can read more about her family adventures on her blog schuelove.com or follow her on Instagram @schuelove. You can send questions or comments to: schuelove@gmail.com.