Holiday Challenges and Opportunities

By: - December 12, 2013

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photo-25The holidays are a wonderful time for all of us … but they also mean that we are with are kids – a lot – and we will get plenty of opportunities for correcting and connecting.  As we all journey through this season together we wanted to share what some Tapestry families have experienced during the holidays, how parents have corrected their expectations and connected with their children.

In ‘Tis the Season,  one mom writes, “Every Christmas is hard for our girls.  They are clearly confused by their feelings and revert back to an instant fear response.” In this post, this family chooses to focus on where they see growth and what they can celebrate during a difficult season.

Or maybe your family experiences uncharacteristic behaviors from your children like the family in the post, Why Christmas Stinks Sometimes. If this sounds like your family, we encourage you to listen to your child so that you can share an experience like this father and son did: “It was as though he realized in an instant that everything he had been feeling and thinking was not only ‘ok,’ it was also very real and quite normal.  And the fact that I was understanding, even if it could not fully understand – that was all he seemed to need.”

And the last holiday post is from a mom who did too much. Sometimes we need to stop the hustle and bustle, sometimes it’s too much for our children. “Ultimately, parenting my children well during the holidays means setting them up to succeed, and that’ll require us to opt out of some of the hustle and bustle of the season” — read more in Holiday Drama.

However the holidays affect your family, know that we celebrate growth and success with you and we grieve with you and we struggle with you and we learn with you and we hope with you.

Also Found In: A Mother's Heart, Tapestry Blog