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Tips to Help Kids Manage Big Feelings Over the Winter Holidays (From Home and Afar)

The holidays can be described in many ways, but “simple” is not often one of them! The exciting side can look like making plans to see loved ones, arranging mouth-watering food dishes, and bundling up to go sledding. Children are given a highly anticipated break from school and they are excited about family traditions. More often than not, however, the holidays also come with dynamics that children can find difficult to navigate. For instance, the recent loss of a loved one, demanding schedules, and missing family from across borders are just some of the challenges that can feel extra pronounced during the holiday season.

As we approach this holiday season, it is helpful to consider ways in which we can support our children with BIG feelings.

  1. If you are reading this, you are likely a person who bears many responsibilities (e.g., caregiver, professional, partner, friend, etc.). One of the most important things you can do is take care of yourself, so that you have energy left to give over the holidays. While this is not easy by any means, your own well being should top your long list of responsibilities. Maybe that means joining a yoga class, going for a brisk walk, having a cup of tea, or calling a friend to catch up. Just remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup, and the holiday season requires a very large one!

  2. Some children have a di