As we all navigate the holiday season and in the midst of the pandemic, many extended families won’t be able to come together this year. While caregivers themselves are dealing with the emotional impact of a very different holiday, children are experiencing this sadness, too.
Children need a foundation of social-emotional skills, including the ability to understand how to express themselves and PBS KIDS offers support to caregivers looking for the best ways to talk to their kids about their feelings this season, including:
A guide to adapting holiday traditions during coronavirus: Parents have many tough conversations ahead this holiday season as they shift the way celebrations look for their children. This guide offers some tips and a list of alternative family traditions.
Support for dealing with grief this season: Caregivers often feel they must make the holiday season a time of joy and celebration for their children. But with the holiday sometimes comes “grief spikes,” and this year in particular has been a tough one. This guide helps caregivers navigate these feelings of grief with not only their children, but themselves.
Tips on finding gratitude during difficult times: For those looking for best practices for helping children deal with the social-emotional stress of a holiday during this particularly traumatic time, this guide offers best practices in acknowledging your child’s highs and lows and then shifting focus on what they do have, helping others, and turning the simple into special.
A list of winter activities that entertain and build social-emotional skills: From learning to help others to focusing on the positives of the season (when it gets dark early, we can stargaze!), this list of activities is sure to not only keep kids entertained during a winter in lockdown, but to support their social-emotional development as well.