Whether you love or loathe the holidays, one thing is for sure: emotions run high during this time of year. Even if you are a person that loves “all things holiday,” this season comes with inevitable stresses, changes, and demands.
Even 5 minutes a day where the demands are reduced can have a significant impact, and the connection can help calm and regulate your child. Also, make sure to prioritize sleep and rest if possible!
Including your child in the preparations and activities can help make new experiences meaningful, and a time for learning. This can also help your child stay calm while new routines are happening (instead of whining about wanting to do something else). Children often thrive when they can be “big helpers,” and enjoy feeling the sense of responsibility of helping bake or cook a special meal, checking off a list, or helping to put up decorations.
You may even consider participating in a service-oriented project with your child, such as donating to a toy or food drive, or delivering and preparing meals for others. Such activities help to instill a sense of responsibility in children, and help them learn some of the more powerful lessons the season has to offer.
Of course, you want the gifts you do give your child that are meaningful, beneficial, and which they won’t lose interest in immediately. If you’re still on the hunt for a gift that ticks all those boxes, Ello could be just the surprise you’re looking for! (Plus, it only takes about 5 minutes to purchase and sign up from start to finish–yay!)