December 11th, 2010 | 5 Comments

Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress Part II

by Lori Lite

They know when you are sleeping,  they know when you’re stressed out! The American Psychology Association noted that 39% of children feel sad and worried when their parents are stressed. Holidays bring heighten emotions and challenges. A little awareness and a few tips to reduce holiday stress and increase Christmas joy!

Tips:

  1. Get your child used to the word “NO” prior to a family get together, party, or trip. Trying it out on an airplane for the first time is not advised.
  2. Be mindful of your child’s eating schedule. Preparing a small meal or healthy snack before heading to a dinner party or waiting on line to see Santa can be all you need to head off a holiday melt down.
  3. Schedule age appropriate shopping excursions. Do take your children shopping when you are going to one particular store and looking for a gift they will enjoy helping you find. Gift shopping should be a relaxing and bonding time with your child. Think child friendly stores!
  4. Demonstrate relaxation techniques to your children. When you feel your stress or anger levels increasing, focus on your breathing. Tell your children what you are doing, encourage them to join you.  Share how good it feels to be still for a moment during a busy day!

Relaxation breathing is easy with our Indigo Dreams CD Series . We have stories that introduce deep breathing to your children and we have a CD for adults to guide you through breathing, Indigo Dreams: Adult Relaxation. 

Stress Free Kids founder Lori Lite has created a line of books and CDs designed to help children, teens, and adults decrease stress, anxiety, and anger. Ms. Lite’s books, CDs, and lesson plans are considered a resource for parents, psychologists, therapists, child life specialists, teachers, and yoga instructors. Lori is a certified children’s meditation facilitator and Sears’ Manage My Life parenting expert. For more information visit  Stress Free Kids and for daily advice follow Lori on Twitter and Facebook

 

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5 Comments on “Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress Part II”

  • More great tips! How true that children need to be used to the word “no” before encountering it in a very public situation. And I love the idea of teaching children relaxation techniques. We have the “silence game” in Montessori that works well for that, and children gradually learn to sit quietly for longer periods of time through it. I just added a link to this post at the Blog Frog discussion on avoiding holiday burnout at http://theblogfrog.com/1378313/forum/69400/are-you-avoiding-holiday-burnout-do-you-have-tips-or-need-tips.html.

  • Love these tips! I smiled when I saw get used to the word NO and hungry kids are never fun to be around!

  • Thanks ladies… Using the NO word created quite a stir of reactions! So glad most parents are on board. Montessori has been big supporters of my work and will be happy to know that I just released 3 Downloadable lesson plans! Woo hooo!!!

  • So many times…kids will have meltdowns and it is because they are hungry. Little bellies need smaller more frequent meals or snack. It is easy for adults to forget.

  • The silent game sounds terrific. Mindful relaxation or stopping the chatter in our minds is an exercise that gets easier with practice!

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