Sensational: Coping With The Holidays

Pediatric Health The Newsletter About Taking Care Of The Ones That Matter Most

December 2018

“Confessions of A Parent Preparing For The Holidays!” YOUR KIDS: COPING WITH THE HOLIDAYS

The holidays can be a stressful time of year for just about everyone. Despite the old saying that this is the “most wonderful time of the year,” parents tend to spend the months of November and December with their stress level fairly heightened as a result of the extra pressure to meet with friends and family, to spend money on get-togethers and gifts, and all the while making sure that every holiday is a pleasant and memorable experience for all involved. While parents may feel the brunt of the stress load associated with the holidays, children are certainly anything but immune to it. Kids are perceptive to changes in their parents moods, and the added stress on the parents can add up to added stress for the whole family. What’s more, the pressure that parents feel to make the holidays memorable and fun often means disruption to the regular routine, and this is something that a lot of kids can struggle with—and this difficulty is only amplified for kids who have special needs. (continued inside)

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