How to Support Your Child Through the Holidays

These winter months can be tricky to navigate with young children.  Their routines and schedules often change significantly, due to shortened days, traveling, child care program closures, etc.  These changes can lead to situations that are less than ideal, i.e. crankiness, excessive energy, aggression, increased crying….

Although we do not have control of some of the changes that will take place, we as parents, do have control over how we respond to our child.  This time of including your child in celebrations such as the New Years celebrations, Tet, Hanukkah, Christmas, Solstice, Kwanzaa, and many others, is so vital to your culture and handing down of treasured traditions, it is important to think about how your child is learning them.  Is this a festive time where the members of the family are happy and inclusive of the youngest child, or is it a stressful time where children are discouraged to participate?

Invest in the time to share special moments with your child! This encourages future participation in these precious celebrations.  I have attached a couple of articles from the ZERO TO THREE website addressing traditions and supporting a child’s social emotional growth.

Zero to Three Link:

Specifically for grandparents

https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/1209-that-was-then-sharing-family-traditions-with-your-grandchildren  

Or PDF

file:///C:/Users/khorn/Downloads/That%20Was%20Then_%20Sharing%20Family%20Traditions%20With%20Your%20Grandchildren.pdf

For parents

https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/225-tips-for-promoting-social-emotional-development

https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/support-learning-during-holidays

Written by: Kristin Horn