Take On the Holidays with Tips from ACI Parents

thomas family 2Carols are being sung, lights are being hung, and pumpkin spice everything is back in season. That’s all supposed to bring joy to the season, right? And yet it can be hard to enjoy this “magical” season while under the stress of meeting year-end work deadlines, keeping the kids pacified, and of course endless holiday shopping and cooking. ACI parents tell all about how they manage stress and #buildbalance during the holidays.

Q: Best advice on how to manage work & family during the holiday season:

“Have your partner help with the tasks. Be organized with a calendar. Reach out to extended family for help.” – Thomas Lee, Chief Sales Officer

“We set a time and day aside to do a project for the holidays and we stick to that no matter what. For example, we planned a Saturday to bake cookies and a Friday night to decorate a portion of the house. It makes holiday time more special.” – Tammy Lane-Dillard, Administrative Specialist

“Order everything, so that you can shorten your holiday to-do list. Food, cleaning services, etc.” – Theresa Baptiste, Chief Service Officer

Q: During the busy holiday season, I make time for myself by…

“Setting my schedule in advance for the gym and social outings.” – Thomas Lee, Chief Sales Officer

“Taking some time after my son goes to bed for the evening to take care of any tasks I can’t get to while he’s awake.” – Erin French, Intake Specialist

“Plan ahead! Make sure you keep your eye out for deals all year long, then hide them in a safe place until the holidays roll around. That way you can avoid crowded malls full of last minute shoppers.” – Tandice Tinney,  Vice President of Service Operations

Q: Favorite holiday family activity:

“Making chili on Halloween night together, dressing up as a family and going trick-or-treating afterwards.” – Sandy Glashaw, Account Executive

“We go to the library and check out books about the holiday traditions of various cultures and then read and talk about them as family.” – Alicia Gonzalez, Training Manager

“Dinner! We spend time together shopping and preparing dinner as a family. As working parents, we hardly enjoy dinner together, and it’s also an opportunity to get help from the kids.” – Sofia Guzman, Work/Life Supervisor

“I love playing games after Christmas dinner with the family.” – Theresa Baptiste, Chief Service Officer

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