What types of feelings does the upcoming holiday break invoke in you? Are you excited to have some time off of work to spend with your family? Are you feeling guilty that you are not looking forward to the break because your kids will be at home leaving you to entertain them? For many people, it is a mix of both of those feelings. We are here to tell you that you are not alone in feeling those negative feelings and it is okay that you feel that way. The staff at Kids Place Therapy Services wants to help you get prepared for that holiday break and give you some tips on how to make it a more pleasurable experience.
The easiest way to make the holiday break a little more joyful for parents is to stick to a scheduled routine. Create a plan that your child/children can stick to throughout the day. This creates predictability for everyone while also giving them a little more independence. This can also be your opportunity to schedule some screen time, instead of having the all-day requests. You could also align your child’s schedule to be somewhat similar to their weekly school schedule making sure to include some time for reading, math, science, art, music, and PE.
If you need help coming up with a schedule or activities to fill your child’s time, please feel free to reach out.