Supporting Children and Youth During the Holidays

While the holiday season can be filled with joys and delight, many of us also find some aspects of the holidays stressful. Especially for children and youth with trauma histories, holidays can feel pressure-filled and bring up many confusing feelings. We’ve gathered some resources to help you support your family and yourself.

Remember that the young people in your home take their self-regulation cues from you. When you maintain your calm, you give them the ability to learn to feel calmer, too. Consider what will help you stay emotionally well during this season. Here are three strategies for maintaining your calm.

Think about what messages you might be conveying with your words, tone of voice, and body language as you interact with others. Consider these tips about Communicating During the Holidays

Here are a variety of posts that will help you understand what children and youth might be feeling right now, as well as actions you can take to help them manage the holidays with greater ease.

Helping Teens Cope with Holiday Stress

9 Ways to Improve Challenging Behavior During the Holidays

4 Tips for Working with Marginalized Youth During the Holidays


Supporting Foster Youth During The Holidays

What helps your family navigate the holidays well? Please share your suggestions, as they may be just what another family needs to hear.

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