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5 Ways to Help Sensitive Kids Through the Holidays

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Those famous words quoted by crooner Andy Williams are very descriptive of a special time – the holiday season!

Unfortunately for some kids, this special time of year can be ruined because it's just too overwhelming for them. With some quick thinking from mom and dad, though, you can help your child to cope during a stressful time.

Why Are The Holidays Stressful?

There are a million and one reasons why the holidays can be stressful for children, some of them are obvious and some of them are not so obvious.

The reasons your child might be feeling overwhelmed or over-sensitive may include:

  • A change in routine

  • Uncomfortable around new people (or people they haven’t seen in a long time)

  • Overstimulation from lights, sounds, smells, etc

  • A change in weather

  • Long days and lack of sleep

  • General excitement

  • Too much food

Helping your kids through the holiday season should be a family effort. When the professionals at Eden Treatment work with kids with eating disorders they get better results when the whole family is involved in the recovery process. This should be something you consider when trying to help your child.

Here are five things you can do to help your sensitive child cope during the holidays.

Open Conversations

It’s vital that you open a dialogue with your child, no matter what age they are. They need to know that they can speak to you about anything and you will respect their opinion.

Young kids may not be able to express themselves very well, “Aunty Jane smells” might sound quite rude, but if Aunty Jane’s perfume is particularly strong, you may understand where your child is coming from. You can help them to find solutions for things which particularly disturb them.

Get Them Familiar With Photos

Christmas time is a great time for seeing and meeting the extended family. Unfamiliarity can make some children very shy and worried, particularly when all the relatives want hugs or immediately ask lots of questions. Anyone could feel worried in a room of strangers doing that!

Try to introduce new family members by showing them pictures first, even setting up a video call. Little things like this will make a big difference. Build a connection by telling the child something that they might have in common with the relative – you both like gingerbread, for example.

Watch For Changes

You know your kids, and you should know the signs that they are get