The holiday season can be an exciting and magical time for families with young children. It can also be a stressful time filled with busy schedules and altered routines. As a parent with a young child I am well aware of how even a small change in our routine can dramatically alter behavior. Cue the tears because the piece of bread broke. Yes, this really happened in the middle of a restaurant last week. What can you do to help your child adjust to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season?
Here at Rainbow Child Care Center we understand the added stress of holiday season! Here are some tips to help families through the holidays.
*Talk to your child about what to expect and about what you expect from them. Your child likes to be prepared too! Sudden changes can cause them to become frazzled and impatient, knowing what is going on and what you expect of them can help them stay calm.
*When dropping your child off, let us know if their schedule was dramatically altered the day before or is going to be that night. This will allow us to help your child either recover or prepare!
*Remember that it is okay to arrive late, leave early, or to just say no to some events! People understand that you can’t do everything and be everywhere.
*Talk to your child about the importance of giving. As the holiday season approaches start a tradition where you and your child create of box of items to donate. This will also help alleviate some of the clutter that inevitably comes with holidays.
*Spend some extra time with your child. To your child, your undivided attention is way more important than any box from the store. Make an effort to participate in some extra fun with just you and your child. This could be making cookies, going for a walk, or even reading a special book together.
*Remember that your emotions and state of mind can directly affect your child’s. If you are feeling stressed and frazzled, they may begin to feel this way to, even if they are not sure why.
Wishing you a calm and peaceful holiday season from your Rainbow family!