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C. Holiday Tips for Stressed-out Parents

Narrator: This Science Today. Festive decorations, culinary feasts and exchanging presents are some of the family rituals that are hallmarks of the holiday season. But in households where both parents work long hours outside of the home, balancing the demands of work, family and upcoming holiday expectations can be very stressful. University of California, Davis child development expert, Brenda Bryant, explains.

Bryant: If you've grown up in a family where the mother was at home, you may have a different kind of holiday than you will plan if you have both adults working outside the home.

Narrator: Bryant says in stressed-out working families, it's a good idea to try and plan ahead.

Bryant: I recommend, particularly families that have a major portion of their lives are connected with their work, to really sit down and talk about this. Setting your rituals that match what you can do and still have fun and still have a memory that you're not so overworked that you can hardly remember what had gone on.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.