Holiday stress affects kids, too

Holiday stress affects kids, too

The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time, but for some people, the family gatherings, events and frequent disruptions in daily routines can be stressful.

If you’re one of those people who are easily stressed out during the holiday season, be careful who is around when you’re stressed, especially if you have children. According to American Psychological Association research, children pick up on their parents’ stresses. The study reported that 47% of tweens and 33% of teens feel stressed or sad when their parents are upset.

How do you keep the festive air in your house and keep your kids happy during the holidays?

Start by sticking to their regular routine. It may sound counterintuitive to a child, but constantly staying up past bedtime, eating sugary holiday cookies and going on tiring holiday shopping trips can stress little ones out. Sticking to their regular schedule will add normalcy during the hectic season.

Also, keep to your family traditions. If you don’t have any, start some. A few traditions that are repeated year after year bring joy to the holidays.

Don’t set the bar too high. When asking your kids to make their Christmas or Hanukkah gift lists, let them know they may not receive everything they ask for. If you can’t get your hands on that latest trendy gift, don’t sweat it. The holidays aren’t about the gifts.

Plan some quiet time. Whether it’s staying in to watch a movie or read a book, have some down time to relax.

The hustle and bustle can be fun, but if you notice you or your kids getting overly emotional and stressed, take a step back.

After all, the holidays are about the memories you make with those you love, not all the crazy things you do.


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