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November 2014 • #88
A Note from the Medical Editor
Balancing the hustle and bustle of shopping, cooking, and family get-togethers during the holidays can sometimes take a toll on you and your family’s mental health.
In this newsletter, we offer some tips to help you enjoy the holidays for what they are – time to enjoy with your family.
Remember to stick to your child’s usual sleep and mealtime schedules when you can to reduce stress and help your child and you enjoy the holidays. Also, don’t feel pressured to “over-spend.” Help your child make a gift for family members, grandparents, or other important adults and friends. Chances are, those gifts will be the most treasured ones and will teach your child many important lessons that purchasing presents can’t.

Have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving!
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor,
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