(Excerpt from Southpaw.com)
It seems as if whenever we talk to anyone, the conversation will often include comments about the crazy and chaotic schedules we all carry. From work to volunteer and social obligations to everything under the sun for our children—school, sports, clubs, playdates—the list goes on and on. It is amazing that we even have the time in the day to breathe. However, as we trudge through our schedules and lists, we end up either going to bed feeling like a hero or a failure, overlooking how this affects our children. I am sure we are all familiar with the tired, cranky, behavioral child that sits down at our breakfast table right next to the tired, exhausted parent.
With the fast-approaching holiday season, we will see our lists expand and our children with more exhaustion, anxiety and excitement. For our children, who already struggle on the average day with routines, transitions and situations, how will we keep calm during the season to make it “merry and bright”? As parents, teachers and therapists, we all play a role in helping to achieve this.