Things I found, things I am saving for winter

Cory's Pinecone Mound

​Look at the treasures I found:

  • This week I have another coloring page taken from an unreleased picture book. Enjoy!
  • If you haven’t already, check out my Easter Activity Collection!​ Each page is also available individually.
  • I had to take a little break with blogging and social media this week to complete various projects, including a novel that I am finishing up soon. I have some really interesting things in the works.

Holiday Sabotage

We are going through holiday sabotage this year. If you are unfamiliar with holiday sabotage, it refers to the strange yet regular phenomenon describing when kids increase their misbehavior and tantrums around holidays or vacations. Fun!

Easter is a big deal for us. It is a family reunion, often involving people we only see once a year. We travel a fair distance and camp together in what I can only describe as the middle of nowhere. Any names I could give you would be unrecognizable, left out of Google Maps. Our campsite is in a desert outside of the Manti-La Sal Canyons. It may seem like an odd place to camp, but it is an area our family once called home. The anticipation of the trip is usually quite exciting for the kids, but this year our plans had to change. Unfortunately, this change likely contributed to additional stress and anxiety in the children, and the havoc started.

I had to do some research to figure out how to solve the problem. But, to my dismay, there weren’t any easy or quick solutions. Kids don’t act out without reason. Acting out is how they express their needs to you when they have no other alternative or have learned how to communicate that way through reinforcement.

Here is what I found:

  1. Kids need structure and routine: Providing a daily routine for kids can help reduce stress and anxiety. Having a set schedule lets them know what to expect each day and can help give them a sense of security.
  2. Kids need to feel like they have some control: Giving kids some control over their environment can help them feel more comfortable. This could include letting them choose what to wear or what activities to do. Let them have the little things.
  3. Kids need to feel safe and loved: Feeling safe and loved is essential for kids and really for everyone. Make sure to spend quality time with your children and let them know they are loved. If it helps, find activities that you are both interested in together.
  4. Kids need to be able to express their feelings: Encouraging kids to express their feelings can help them feel better. This could include talking about their feelings, drawing pictures, or writing stories. Of course, there are many unpleasant ways kids express their feelings… so don’t forget number 5.
  5. Kids need outlets for their energy: Providing outlets for kids to release their energy can help prevent tantrums and meltdowns. This could include running around outside, playing active games, or dancing. I hope these tips inspire you if you are also dealing with holiday sabotage. Most of you probably know each of these, but I have found that it helps me to review them occasionally because it reinvigorates my energy toward putting them to practice. If you have any other tips, please share them. Thanks for reading and keep the magical moments going!

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xx Cory

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