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Prevention Strategies Around the Holidays
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The holidays are coming and so is time with family and friends! While it can be fun reconnecting with your loved ones, it can also be quite overwhelming, especially for a child who is learning how to use and enforce body boundaries. Your loving support and encouragement is critical!
Talking about when and how to say "no" and actually doing it can be difficult for a child to navigate, so make sure to talk about what they can expect before you arrive. Remind them that they have your support while you are there. They don’t have to do this alone!
Help guide your child in alternatives to hugs and kisses, if they don’t want to show their affection that way. High-fives and handshakes are respectful and kind gestures. If your child uses their “no” help enforce it if a difficult family member refuses to accept that boundary.
Consider sharing with friends and family what you have learned and how respecting your child’s “no” today, could protect them in the future. Awareness breeds understanding. Your loved ones can be an ally for you and your child, if you are willing to have that tough conversation.
We know some people are more open to this discussion then others. Maybe our free PDF, “Hey Grandma and Grandpa, Can We Talk?” can help. Download it HERE.
Wishing you a very happy holiday, filled with food, fun, and healthy boundaries!
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