I love the holidays! But I’m going to be honest I’ve learned to just say No. I’ll explain more about that below. Several years ago I took a stand for our holiday days and do what’s best for us. So if you are in survival mode during these winter holidays and barely treading water, let alone actually enjoying them – reading this will definitely help you.
Surviving the Holidays with Special Needs
Looking back years ago we did the “normal” holiday thing. We traveled around visiting grandparents, chatting while we waited to eat, all while the kids ran around or sat bored and wishing they were home with their new toys.
After several years of doing that and after having a few more kids I just decided NO.
No we aren’t getting out of jammies unless we want to, no we aren’t rushing the kids to get dressed to leave for Grammies, no we aren’t pulling our children away from their new gifts, Sorry but No.
Especially once we had Little B.
Loud sounds, way too many smells, lights, commotion, stress, it just wasn’t going to do.
Children with special needs thrive off of routine. They need to feel secure and during the holidays that can take a major toll on them and cause anxiety.
My oldest son has suffered with extreme anxiety disorder for years and I’ve become aware of things that can set it off. Just so you know it’s a lot easier to help the situation when they are younger, so if you can educate yourself and your child now it will definitely help in the future.
Tips for Surviving the Holidays with Children that have Special Needs
#1. Don’t feel bad about saying No (stay home, relax, cook, play)
2. Help your child before the holidays come, in dealing with challenging situations (explain your plan of events)
3. Don’t feel like you have to compare your family with what others are doing. I know this is hard but one day you’ll get to a place where it feels so good just doing what is best for your kids and your family.
4. Use Calming the Child Essential oil. Diffuse a little during the day or dab a little on the back of your child’s neck or wrists. It helps your child relax, sleep and calms emotional upsets during the day.
Believe me the grandparents will start visiting your house and having a lot more fun seeing the kids playing and happy 🙂 Have a great holiday season.
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