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Managing the Holiday Excitement
There are few things as exciting in the eyes of young children as winter holidays. Stores come alive with displays, lights and tinsel. There is music, cookies, treats and dreams of toys.
Young children look up with eyes as big as saucers. Last year’s memories of winter holidays may be gone as the child was too young to remember, so now they look on as if it is the first time. They are filled with bewilderment and excitement. The pace of their parents, the decorations in the house and stories of what is to come, fuel their excitement.
Then holidays approach, parents pace may change from fast to frantic, the stores become ever crowded and the sheer noise of the season can become deafening. The child moves from bewilderment and excitement to being overwhelmed and scared. Rather than enjoying their child’s joy, parents may find themselves managing their child’s behaviour.
Yes, Virginia, winter holidays can be a stressful time not only for parents, but for young children too.
Parents can help keep the holiday season within tolerable limits for their young children by following these few simple tips:
T’is the season for fun and excitement. Parents who follow these tips may just find the season a little more manageable for themselves as well as their young child.
Do make it a safe holiday season!
Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
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