Ten Top Tips for Christmas

It's nearly Christmas, and we all want it to be perfect. We promise ourselves that it's going to be the best Christmas ever ... and we end up giving ourselves more work that we are realistically able to do. Often we just can't cope and end up being frustrated and short tempered - and the kids unwittingly reflect the way we feel. Life becomes even more complicated than usual.

When you consider it, it's crazy that in order to give our kids their very best Christmas, they usually have to spend a couple of weeks beforehand feeling that they are just in the way as mother rushes around trying to get everything done just right. She's short tempered and they're often in trouble.

Not so great for their self esteem especially as they usually decide that the upheaval is all their fault.

Over the next few days we'll be giving you tips to help you in this special time.