By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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In the midst of the holiday season, a new (or experienced) parent can easily get overwhelmed with all of the crafts, baking, decorations, and events going on. Some families genuinely love this time of the year while others are stressed out to the max.
As the mother of a toddler, I feel less pressure this holiday season compared to last. Baby's firsts can carry a lot of weight: the first step, word, Halloween costume, Christmas gift, etc. But the second? Not so much. We are in a sweet spot where I can experiment and casually check out a variety of new holiday festivities. What traditions do my husband and I enjoy? Which ones were not great for a toddler, but would be perfect in a couple of years?
My son is old enough to enjoy the sounds and lights of the season, but young enough not to be disappointed when events don't go as planned. When the line for Santa is too long, we come back on another day; when I run out of an ingredient, we improvise or just wait another week to make Christmas goodies (who cares if they end up being New Year's treats instead)?
Seeing the holiday season through the eyes of a toddler is something that I hope everyone can experience at some point in their lives. And it's even better when the pressure is off.
Do you love the holiday season, or can January not come quick enough?