Transcendent Tuesday: Removing Stress from Christmas

December 4, 2007 at 11:08 pm | Posted in children, dads, Families, Holidays, moms, Mothers, parents, Self Esteem, siblings, spirituality, toddlers, Transcendent Tuesday, Tweens | Leave a comment
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Christmas means different things to everyone.  For some, the spirit of the season is in seeing their children open gifts or decorate the tree.  Yet for others, the Christmas season is marked by baking goodies and wrapping presents.  Even in the midst of this amazing time of year filled with joy and happiness, stress is bound to pounce on everyone in the family.

 

The potential to forget that children suffer from stress during the glorious time of the year in the hustle of gifts, shopping, and decorating increases as Christmas draws near.

In an enlightening article, “10 Ways to Reduce Kids’ Stress:  Recognize Holiday Anxiety & Help Children Calm Down at Christmas” by Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, suggestions the following ways for parents to recognize signs of holiday stress in kids:

  • Tears for seemingly minor reasons.

  • Nervous behaviors such as nail biting and hair twirling.

  • Physical complaints, such as stomachaches, headaches, fatigue, diarrhea, etc.

  • Regression to younger behaviors: bed wetting, eating with hands.

  • Withdrawal from school friends or siblings.

Any behavior that your child doesn’t normally do could be a sign of Christmas anxiety.

Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen goes on to suggest the top 10 holiday stress management tips for children at “10 Ways to Reduce Kids’ Stress:  Recognize Holiday Anxiety & Help Children Calm Down at Christmas!”

 

A special thank you to Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen for permission to use excerpts of her article “10 Ways to Reduce Kids’ Stress:  Recognize Holiday Anxiety & Help Children Calm Down at Christmas” here at GEM Parenting!

 

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Transcendent Tuesday: Children Helping Reduce Stress

November 27, 2007 at 11:44 pm | Posted in dads, Families, Holidays, moms, Mothers, Self Esteem, siblings, toddlers, Transcendent Tuesday, Tweens | Leave a comment
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Welcome to Transcendent Tuesday…

The theme for this week at GEM Parenting is how you make your life easier and less stressful as you move into the Christmas season.  So many parents work throughout the year to make Christmas as memorable as possible for their childrenMothers baking, shopping, decorating, wrapping….and the list goes on and on.  Father’s frantically working to assemble presents for the first moment of glorious happiness when your children rush downstairs to see that shiny new bike or dollhouse from Santa on Christmas morning. 

All Ts are crossed and all Is are dotted right?

Or…maybe not!  Often times, by investing a few minutes of time with your children, they can experience the glow of Christmas and give you a few minutes of help.  Some suggestions of tasks that children can help with are signing Christmas cards, wrapping presents, making lists of things for the store, going through the pantry for donations to the food shelter, and boxing baked goods for gifts.  Remember, at this time, the goal is not a perfectly wrapped gift or calligraphy signed Christmas cards, its fostering your children’s self esteem and involvement in the holiday season.

What is your favorite way to involve your children in the Christmas season?  For a few more suggestions, be sure to visit the Academy for Coaching Parents blog on Handmade Gift Wrap!

Get ready for our audio release of “Christmas without the Crunch” to learn how you can have a wonderful holiday season without fatigue, media pressure, feeling overwhelmed or inadequate. How you can have the attitude and joy that everyone else envies!

FREE 8 PODCAST SERIES: “7 Deadly Mistakes Parents Make That Create Spoiled Brats!”  In this FREE Audio Parenting Series, you’ll learn the tested methods and strategies that produce the behavior your heart desires from your children.

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