School is almost out for the holidays! Although this is an exciting time of the year for many families, there are some children who find winter break challenging. All of the excitement and holiday festivities can be overwhelming for some kids, especially if they find transitions challenging or noise and congestion stressful.
Help reduce stress by talking about your holiday and vacation plans with your children. Make sure you share your excitement and every detail you know about the plans you have i.e. your expectations, who will be joining the festivities, where they will take place etc.
To help us out, we are sharing some tips from the Sleep’ N Sync team on how to help your child reduce stress during this winter break.
Vacations: If your family has vacation plans, provide details, mentioning when, where, for how many days, how you will get there, what activities you are planning to do, and who is participating. Use visuals like pictures and things you will need to take with you. Help your children pack their own stuff making them visualize weather and activities to figure out what kind of clothes they will need.
Dinner Parties: Share the details with your family, including when and where it will take place, who is attending, if you will all be dressed formal or casual, what food you expect to be served, how you will all be seated, and any other detail you might know.
Family Activities Friends and Quiet Times: Be sure to schedule quiet time or lower key activities throughout the break. This may include play dates, get together with friends or even family. Remember small gatherings are often less stressful to children, so whenever possible, keep gathering smaller. When that's not possible, see if you can set your child up with a friend or relative to play in a quieter area. Bring familiar games or toys.
New Year’s: How are you planning to end the current year and start the next? Will you stay up? Expecting fireworks? Dealing with loud noises?
Things Happen: Make sure you mention that unexpected things might arise, but that you will all face them and adapt smoothly to them, with a positive attitude and an open mind.
Sleep’n Sync can help with its Flexibility Series, as it helps the child “go with the flow” and adjust to change. It consists of three programs that gradually help children: build skills needed to be flexible, relax the child and their personality, improve self-esteem, self-confidence and comfort in their own skin and eventually to be able to let go of activities they obsess over in order to transition on to other activities.
The Guide (booklet) is loaded with suggestions and advice for the caregiver to help the child along the way; and the audio which is played at night while the child sleeps helps the child.
If you are a parent or caregiver that anticipates any difficulty with their child adjusting to the change that the end of the year brings you should start Sleep’n Sync now!
The programs are available through iTunes, amazon, and www.sleepnsync.com
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