Large family gatherings for the holidays can involve numerous toddlers and children who want to climb on their older relatives. The lifting, chasing and general rough-housing can be exhausting for anyone over the age of 12. Here are some tips to pace the "fun."
To pace your play, make sure that you develop a narrative with your younger relatives. Whenever you get tired of the physical play you can ask one of the children to explain what will happen next in the story. The ensuing discussion will give you a few minutes to catch your breath. Here are a few more tips:
And perhaps the best reason to make your play into a story is that stories have endings.