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