To make everyone’s life a little easier this Christmas, Barnardos is offering its top tips to families for a happy and safe festive season. • Get the family together and write a list of what everyone wants to do decide what is really important and prioritise • Make a list of who needs to see who this is particularly important with blended families • se a calendar. List who is doing what and when. ut it where everyone can see it • Schedule in some time for everyone to recharge, chill out and rela • Make a list of obs that need to be done and work together to plan who does what • Don’t try to keep everyone happy all the time you’ll collapse under the pressure • If this is your first Christmas as a blended family, your child may feel confused and maybe even angry. Make special time together. If it is not the first, think about last year, what worked and what didn’t • Adults don’t have to en oy being with children all the time make sure children are safe and plan some time for you • Don’t feel pressured into every- one having fun all of the time • Don’t act in anger if everything gets too much remove yourself from the situation and perhaps call a friend or relative • And finally ring Barnardos arent Helpline if you want someone to talk you through your plans.
Barnardos arent Helpline, 0800-472-7368, is a free nationwide telephone counselling service operating Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
The counsellors can help callers re ect on their own situation and feelings, enabling them to come up with the right decision and way forward for them.