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How To Survive The Holidays


The Christmas Holiday is almost upon us, bringing with it lots of excitement, and anticipation.  For many the frenzy of activities and family visits is a welcome change to our daily routines, but for some the Christmas Holiday is sometimes too much to handle. 

I have come across the following two articles which give tips and hints on how to survive the holidays.  The articles were written by parents with children with ADHD or Anxiety; however I believe that these tips offer good advice to anyone with children.  There may just be one or two suggestions that you find useful but these could make all the difference for a happy and successful holiday.

 “I help my child with ADHD survive the holidays by...”

  1. “Staying on a regular schedule!” —Stephanie B.-H.
  2. “Giving her downtime. Keeping up her meds. Letting her know what we are doing and where we are going far in advance.” —Rebecca M.
  3. “Making sure we always have an alternate way to leave a situation if he becomes too overwhelmed.” —Chelsea M.-M.
  4. “We stay home where he feels safe.” —Lisa O.
  5. “Buying him a new set of headphones to ‘tune out.’” —Melissa G.-B.
  6. “Staying on sleep schedule, making sure that the kids aren’t overloaded with too many ‘treats’ and making sure I’m not asking them to do something outside of their limits. We aren’t going to a quiet family meal at 7:30pm, but we would LOVE to go to an indoor trampoline park at 5pm.” —Dawn H.-S.
  7. “Doing less!” —Sara H.
  8. “Being the ‘food police’ around my family and friends. None of that ‘just one bite’ or sneaking food someone thinks I should let her have.” —Ginny L.
  9. “Letting him help decide what we do and don’t do. He gets to say he’s had enough.” —Jessica H.
  10. “Giving my daughter the opportunity to have some quiet time away from the family when needed.” —Gaylee H.
  11. “Accepting that sometimes it’s better to opt out of an activity (even with family) if there’s a high probability it’s going to end badly.” —Monica A.-C.
  12. “Preparing him for the upcoming transition with daily reminders of acceptable behavior.” —Priscilla F.
  13. “Keeping quiet times built into the day. They’ve outgrown naps, but they can still go have ‘quiet time’ for an hour to chill.” —Adrian H.-B.
  14. “Giving choices, as well as transition and behaviour reminders. And most importantly, recognizing his efforts and telling him frequently that I can see him doing his best.” —Jessica W.-J.
  15. “Just letting him be himself, accepting him, talking my family through his process, talking him through his processes, and knowing we won’t get this time back: So, enjoy it.” —Stephanie D.
  16. “Embracing the chaos!” —Lylyana Z.-F.

The second article, ‘My Holiday Challenge’ is in the form of a questionnaire and worksheet.  Ideal for identifying specific situations that could be an issue and for thinking of strategies to help address the situation before it becomes a problem.