As we approach the holidays, I just wanted to bring up a few things to think about if you have kids at home during the school break. Remember that some kids struggle with the holidays for many different reasons.
- Routines at home are different than routines at school. Some kids LOVE this because they are free to do what they want (to a point, right?), but for some kids… this throws off their whole day. Try to be mindful of what they typically do and how an entirely new home schedule may impact them. Try to keep some school routines in place in the home setting so that there can be some normalcy for them.
- Not everyone has the same experience at holiday time. Some families are going through rough times, whether financially, medically, or personally. Don’t compare your situations. Yes… talk about what you might have experienced, but don’t go into elaborate detail if you are not sure about the other person… be sensitive to others emotions and needs.
Children may react to these situations in different ways, such as having an increase in behaviors or meltdowns that occur when things are just not going their way (or the way they expect it to). Try and be as sensitive to their needs as possible, set up routines while at home, and remind them that they are loved and supported.
Have a happy holiday season!!