Sunday, December 27, 2015

After We've Made Merry: Post- Holiday Stress Relief for Kids

The wrapping paper is strewn about the house. Toys are scattered here and there. Your company has gone. Leftovers are eaten. You are alone with the dirty dishes and you want nothing more than to get out of the house and spend quality time with your child. 

The holidays can be a stressful time for children and adults alike. Not being able to speak while around company can fill the selectively mute child with anxiety. 

Here's how to ease your child’s frayed nerves after holiday celebrations:

1. Many children find comfort in listening to their favourite music. 

2. Paper, scissors and craft materials can settle your little one down. Add feathers, different textured fabric and tissue paper. Kids love scrunching it up in their hands. 

3. If you have snow, go sledding, make snowmen and finish off your adventure with a thermos of hot chocolate. 

4. If you do not have snow, revel in the warm weather. Take some bubbles with you. They are a great tool to use when your child is feeling anxious. 

5. Many children find sensory materials soothing. Try making homemade playdough or snow dough. You can use cookie cutters or let your little architect use their imagination to make buildings. Alternatively, get some towels to cover the table and fill different size bowls with water. Add funnels, cups and spoons .Bring their favourite toys and have them join in on the adventure. Encourage your child to make up stories.

6. Colouring is all the rage now. Pick up some colouring books at your local bookstore for you and your little Picasso. Make use of different markers, crayons and pastels. 

How do you wind down after the holiday season? Share in the comments below!

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