Holiday Survival for Special Needs Parents

christmas holidays special needs parenting Jul 01, 2020

We had a wonderfully low-key Thanksgiving this year. Lots of food, lots of fun, and lots of downtime–the perfect combination for this introverted mama. And a recipe for success for Joey, who can get a little overstimulated and a lot grouchy when life is turned on its ear, even for fun things.

Unfortunately, December is not looking quite as calm. Still lots of food and fun, but we are definitely running short on downtime. As I reviewed my calendar this morning, I started mentally preparing myself for both my own and Joey’s meltdowns.

That’s when I remembered this post I wrote for The Glorious Table a few Christmases ago. It is just as valid today as the day I wrote it. If you have a kiddo with special needs, I just want to encourage you that you are not alone. We want so much to love every minute of the holiday season, but some of those minutes can be hard to love. I hope these tips can make the coming weeks more enjoyable for everyone involved!

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