The year-end holidays are among the busiest time of year for travel, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. If you’re a parent, that means getting your family to leave the house in time to catch your flight is only the beginning. Enter the traffic jams on the way to the airport, long security checkpoint lines, and flights filled with crying children. Oh, and do those crying children belong to you?
Holiday travel doesn’t have to be a nightmare. To help you keep to your travel schedule with as little stress as possible, follow these six tips for planning ahead:
Large family gatherings may elicit excitement for some, but they can cause anxiety for people hosting a party. If that’s you, and you have visions of burned or undercooked food dancing in your head instead of sugarplums, remember that you can pull off a memorable holiday dinner, without the migraine.
Follow these stress-relief tips:
The holidays are a time for giving. They also present an opportunity for parents to teach their children an invaluable lesson: generosity. What is the best way to raise a charitable child? Set an example. As the holidays draw near, consider volunteering as a family to show your children that the best gifts don’t come in boxes. They come in the form of a smile on someone else’s face – and knowing that you put it there.
Here are five ways for giving back this holiday season:
The holidays are a time for giving. Generosity, however, may leave you with an empty wallet as well as a full heart. According to the American Research Group, Inc., the average person spent $801 on holiday shopping in 2013. What’s a good way to keep the spirit of the season when on a tight budget?
Consider making a homemade holiday gift that can be perfect for next-door neighbors, children’s teachers, or your fourth cousin twice-removed. Here are some low-cost gift ideas:
Perhaps more than at any other time of year, the winter holiday season sends consumers into a shopping frenzy. For 2014, the National Retail Federation projects that consumers will spend an estimated $616.9 billion, a 4.1 percent increase over last year.
Some shoppers will plunk down cold hard cash. Others will swipe their credit card or debit card. What about shoppers who lack any of those means of payment? Well, they aren’t necessarily left out in the cold.