This time of year used to be my favorite (and I still love it), but now with kids, I'm finding it more difficult to be flexible with our schedule and routine. We have multiple family celebrations during this time of year with our various families and I'm finding that we seem to be cramming too much into the month. The boys struggled with missing naptime, going to bed late, eating (or not eating) non-preferred foods, etc., etc., which ultimately resulted in some major meltdowns. I'm trying to make this week fairly calm for them and I plan on sending them to school part time (to maintain their routine and so that they participate in their holiday parties), but starting Thursday night, we will be doing things straight through Monday.
Do you do anything special to keep your kids routines during these times? Do your kids adjust ok when you do so much out of routine (sleep, in particular)? Am I crazy for worrying about minimizing meltdowns during the holidays??