The holiday season can be stressful and disrupt normal routines for children. Children need to have a sense of belonging, a feeling of being loved, and appropriate power over their environment. Often while families are in the midst of holiday preparation, children can lose their sense of belonging and search to regain it by acting out. There is no need to start singing, "You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I'm telling you why." Instead here are some simple reminders to help keep the peace and joy during the chaos of the holidays. Families and caregivers can help to support children through the holiday season by:
- Slowing down the pace
- Keeping routines for children
- Sharing family traditions
- Minimizing stress and stressful situations
- Scheduling quiet time to recharge
Happy Holidays from the staff at LUME!
Post by Stephen P. Zwolak