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Surviving the Holidays with Young Children by Cathy Clevenger, MSW, LCSW

Yes, you read the title correctly, “How to SURVIVE THE Holidays with young children.” While the holidays are crazy busy for all of us, I think that parents of young children likely have one of the toughest jobs in getting through the holidays and experiencing some of the joy, laughter, and precious memories. I am not a mother of young children, so I went to an expert, my younger sister. She has two boys, a two-year-old and a three-year-old. What I love about my sister is that she tells it like it is – the good, the bad, the ugly. She and her husband are going into their third year of holidays with little ones. I have made a list of her suggestions below. I hope that they are helpful to some of you.

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Thriving (Not Just Surviving) During the Holidays, by Erin Adams, LPC

For many of us, the holidays are a time of excitement, joy, and activity. Often there’s an increase in social events with co-workers, friends, and family. Some just can’t wait to decorate, bake and shop.

And then there are some who find the holidays especially taxing. Have you’ve lost someone this year and it just doesn’t feel right to celebrate? Or, has there been a divorce, and you’re learning how to develop new traditions and it is just not the same? Maybe you realize there’s a bit of family dysfunction and you just dread that Thanksgiving turkey with the side of tension.

It is possible to put it into place beforehand.

Here are ten tips to not just survive but thrive this year’s holiday season:

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