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Did you know that there’s a Frozen short movie called Olaf’s Frozen Adventure?


Since that fateful, cold day that I found out, I’ve had a running radio station of Frozen songs in my head. (Yay me .  .  .  And now, yay you. You’re welcome.)

One night, as I was curled in a fetal position in my dark closet clutching my ears and screaming, “NO MORE! I DON’T WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN!” I realized that the holiday stress was creeping in already. As I stuffed a cookie in my mouth, the track changed over in my head and I thought, “Just let it go!”


I created my very first holiday rule from some Frozen songs. And now, I’m gonna share those rules with you (so you don’t have to curl up in your closet).

You can print out this list and keep it in your coat pocket — you know the pocket,  the one with the tissue lint, sticky Starlight mint, 10 tiny acorns from the nature hike, and a cookie with one bite taken out and wrapped in a napkin that your kid didn’t eat at the homeschool meet-up 17 days ago. Yep, that pocket. Then, you have the rules handy to refer back to (because holiday stress takes emergency prep, yo).

Whenever you feel yourself on the edge this holiday season, hide from your kids and eat that lint-covered, coat pocket cookie and repeat these rules to yourself.

10 Rules for Keeping Your Homeschool Sanity During Holidays (What I Learned From the Movie Frozen)

Just Say No

For the first time in forever, Nothing’s in my way! -Lyrics from Frozen, For the First Time in Forever

Homeschool Holiday Rule #1: JUST SAY NO (and then don’t feel guilty about it).

(I put that title in all caps mainly to remind myself, but feel free to use the caps if you need them.)

Little Becky doesn’t need 15 different shapes of sugar cookies for the homeschool Christmas party when just two shapes will do. (Heck, let’s be honest, one will do. Go with the Christmas tree cutout because the Santa face cutout never bakes with enough detail.) It’s easy to overcommit during the holidays because that dang holiday spirit swoops in and squeezes your heart until one tiny teardrop of volunteering guilt slides down your cheek and you choke out, “Sure, I’ll volunteer.”


Let It Go

Let’ it go! That perfect girl is gone! -Lyrics from Frozen, Let It Go

Homeschool Holiday Rule #2: Let it go.

(You should’ve seen this one coming, amiright?)

Let go of the things that don’t matter for the big picture at the holidays. Is making your bed too much? Let it go! What about cooking a big breakfast? Let it go! Too many outside the home classes? LET IT GO, GIRL. LET. IT. GO. And, while you’re letting it all go, belt out the song just to make yourself feel better and to make people back away from you. (It works. Trust me.)

Remember, perfection is overrated anyway. And for the love of all that is good, stay away from Pinterest!

Pick Your Battles

Everyone’s a bit of a fixer upper. That’s what it’s all about. Father, sister, brother. – Lyrics from Frozen, Fixer-Upper

Homeschool Holiday Rule #3: Pick your battles.

This time of year is not the time to get into a fight with your mom about what a freeloader your deadbeat niece is and how she’s sponging off the family fortune or how your husband never takes out the trash before work. If you need a scale to rank importance use this:

Holiday Battle Scale Of Importance

Uncle Jimmy’s opinion on homeschooling? Not important. Someone taking your last brownie that you’ve been thinking about all day? Totally battle-worthy.

Lastly, remember that no one is perfect. We’re all a bit of a fixer upper (except you, you’re absolute perfection).


Homeschool Holiday Stress Rule #10: Don't forget to have fun!

Do you want to build a snowman? Come on, let’s go and play -Lyrics from Frozen, Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Homeschool Holiday Rule #4: Build a snowman.

Do you want to build a snowman? Heck yeah, you do!

Take time to get outside during the holidays. Did you know that spending just 15 to 30 minutes outside each day gives you a huge dose of Vitamin D, reduces stress and depression, and even wakes you up by naturally shutting off your melatonin?

And, you don’t really have to build a snowman . . . unless you want to (we won’t judge). You can even bring the kids if you want.

Take Time For Yourself

A kingdom of isolation; And it looks like I’m the Queen -Elsa, Lyrics from Frozen, Let It Go

Homeschool Holiday Rule #5: Take time for yourself (before someone loses a limb).

OK, I’m just going to say it: you need to be the Queen of Isolation in your Holiday Kingdom. If you don’t take time out for yourself, you will lose your freaking mind . . . which makes it really dangerous with all those breakable ornaments and candles around.

Bite Your Tongue

Don’t let them in. Don’t let them see. Be the good girl you always have to be. Conceal. Don’t feel. Don’t let them know… -Lyrics from Frozen, Let It Go

Homeschool Holiday Rule #6: Bite your tongue.

It’s a shame, but being with a bunch of different personalities during the holidays will start to test your limit. I mean, how many more times do we have to listen to Uncle Jimmy tell us that our kids will be freaks because we’re homeschooling?

Free tip: stuffing your mouth with holiday cookies will prevent you from blurting out what you’re really thinking, resulting in Uncle Jimmy’s wife taking her tuna casserole and waiting in the car.

(I found that those little tree shaped butter cookies with the red sprinkles work really well for this.)


Relax on Rules

It’s time to see. What I can do. To test the limits and break through. No right, no wrong. No rules for me. I’m free! -Lyrics from Frozen, Let It Go

Homeschool Holiday Rule #7: Relax on the rules.

Nobody (and I mean nobody) likes a big party pooper during the holidays, so relax a little on the rules. Do the kids want to stay up a little later? Who cares? They’re all hopped up on those sugar cookies anyway and that’s why God created earplugs and sleep masks (for you, not them).

Watch what you eat

Don’t know if I’m elated or gassy; But I’m somewhere in that zone. -Anna, Lyrics from Frozen, For the First Time in Forever

Homeschool Holiday Rule #8: Cool it on the cheese.

You’re going to be eating a lot of things during the holidays that you probably don’t eat on a regular basis. It will make you elated. It will also make you moody, queasy, tired, and yes, gassy. (Gross.) Be selective about what you eat so that you don’t upset that fine body balance too much. Again, you don’t need to be feeling all wonky inside to add to the stress going on outside.


Let Go of the Hurt

Yeah, people will beat you and curse you and cheat you. Every one of em’s bad, except you. -Lyrics from Frozen, Reindeer(s) are Better than People

Homeschool Holiday Rule #9: Stop obsessing over those who hurt you over the past year.

Stop glaring at homeschool mom Sally because she forgot to include your kid in the party. (You did, after all, miss the last seven meetings.) People suck. (Well, some people.) But, holding onto all that anger is only hurting you. (Sally is losing zero sleep over it. Trust me.)

Have Fun

For the first time in forever. There’ll be magic, there’ll be fun. -Anna, Lyrics from Frozen, For the First Time in Forever

Homeschool Holiday Rule #10: Don’t forget to have fun!

You guys, I can be THE WORST at this during the holidays. (So maybe you shouldn’t pay attention to this list after all . . .)

I get laser focused on accomplishing what needs to get done and forget the meaning and fun behind the season. Last year, in a fit of stress and exhaustion, I actually said to my daughter, “We are going to make Christmas cookies and you will have fun. Do you understand?”

(Oh yes I did.)

Don’t be like me. You should be like Anna from Frozen, though. She’s looking forward to the fun so much that she’s singing about it.

(What the heck?)

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Jacqueline Wilson is a writer, mom, wife, homeschool super freak and #1 Bestselling Author of It's Homeschooling, Not Solitary Confinement. She has been featured at Huffington Post, Parenting Magazine, Redbook, Kiwi Magazine, Fox News, and more. She is a discriminating sock monkey enthusiast and has a small collection of rescued pets. One more and she gets a free set of steak knives.

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