Relationship Rescue: Holiday’s Maintaining Balance & Fun
I am often asked how to maintain some sense of decorum around the holidays with special needs children, while still managing to have fun.
Special Needs children NEED constant, consistent, structure if we are going to be assisting them in learning how to manage themselves. It’s important to realize that just because they are developmentally delayed doesn’t mean that you shower them with gifts. As the child begins to age, the family has to treat them in a responsible age appropriate manner.
Last year, I met with one family who was so frustrated with the insanity of Christmas gift giving and the school vacation that they were stressed to the max. They said that over the past few years, family and friends would inundate them with gifts and goodies to the point of them not knowing what to do with them. We discussed strategies that would help to set limits for their well meaning family and friends while still managing to enjoy the holidays.
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