But what if you don’t have a village? Or your village is too toxic for your kids? My mother used to say it takes the whole family to raise kids. We lived at home with my grandparents living on the first floor. My parents had six kids, and it seemed like a lot more when you included neighborhood friends, boyfriends, girlfriends (when we were older). My mother had her friends with their own kids who were always around and sporadic visits from aunts, uncles and cousins. It felt like a village, a completely insane one- but a village none the less.
The holidays are upon us. It is such an amazing time of year! Especially when you have kids- they really help you get into the holiday spirit. The lights, the music, the excitement- it is so much fun if you actually enjoy it. Sure, the holidays can be stressful as well. Let’s face it.. every year I always say I’m going to have money saved, the wrapping done early, cookies baked and ready to go. How often does that actually happen? We always feel pressured to do a million things every season. As hard as this is to hear- we usually do this to ourselves. Half the things we…