Here are some tips and suggestions to help create a better environment for you and your child.
Published: December 10, 2019
By: Mailman Segal Center for Human Development
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It’s December and the holidays are here! It’s “the most wonderful time of year” but oftentimes unrealistic expectations of our young children can cause holiday tears and tantrums. Sensory overload that accompanies the holidays can overwhelm and trigger big emotions.
Here are some tips and suggestions to help create a better environment:
Keep the routine. Young children thrive on predictability. Predictable routines help them stay calm. During the holidays, however, we often overlook these all-important routines with the result that young children are anxious, stressed, overwhelmed or generally out-of-sorts. Try to stick to as many routines as you can.
Give timely warnings. A surprise transition may not be appreciated. Let your child know in advance what to expect for the day. For example, if your child has just received gifts give them time to enjoy the moment before asking them to go for a visit with relatives.
Have age-appropriate expectations. Remember to make time for physical activity throughout the day. A half an hour of fresh air outdoors can be a great investment in helping your child stay regulated indoors. Don’t expect your three-year-old to sit silently through an entire movie – even if it’s a family favorite.
Stay calm. Remember, you set the tone for how your children will behave. Take steps to manage your own stress levels. If you are anxious, your child can pick up on it and mirror your emotions. Creating calm helps to minimize your child’s tears and tantrums.
Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Center provides a strong foundation for children. Please visit msc.nova.edu or call 954-262-6914 to find out about the remarkable programs available for children ages 6 weeks – 5 years old.