By Margaret Johnson & Beth Holliman
The holidays are here, whether we are ready or not! The holiday season can be a very magical time for families, but let's face it, there can also be a lot of stress and tension during this time of year that impacts kids and parents alike. Many families have some adjustments to their daily routine between November and January. Most kids have a break from school, and it's common for parents to take a few days off work if they can. Families might travel to visit with loved ones or have visitors from out of town. These changes along with new expectations and demands, different people to interact with, and a host of other novel and unfamiliar events often lead to new challenges. These holiday-related situations may increase challenging behavior for kids who struggle to communicate, manage emotions, and adjust to changes. And as adults, we also may find ourselves struggling to communicate well or manage our feelings or adjust to things!
These behaviors might be a sign that your child is having difficulty adjusting to changes in their routine during the holidays:
And here is what you can do about it:
What better time than the holiday season to approach loved ones with empathy and remember that people are all doing the best they can! Happy holidays everyone!