Seven ways to help young children make the most of the holidays
The holidays can often be overstimulating for young children. And when children aren’t enjoying themselves, they can let it be known … loudly. The pandemic is also forcing us to make changes, which can cause stress. To make the holidays enjoyable for everyone, here are some tips from Emily Cole, MD.
- Show children that they are the priority – not the shopping, decorating or other activities. Focus on quality time together.
- Ask the children to help you with your gift list. Their insights might be powerful.
- If you have small children, it’s okay to reduce the amount of baking and decorating you did before they were in the family. Keep everything simple and enjoy the children.
- Let children participate in decorating, baking and gift wrapping if they can handle the responsibility.
- Be aware of children’s limits before they demonstrate that they are reaching them.
- Explain the meaning of holiday traditions to your children and have them participate in starting new ones. New traditions are an opportunity to adapt and grow.
- Look for ways to celebrate while social distancing. Connect with friends and family by hosting short virtual celebrations where you read stories or sing songs.
Dr. Cole said the most important tip this year is to stay positive when dealing with all the changes caused by the pandemic. “Your kids will follow your direction, so if you find joy in the season, your children will, too.”
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