With Christmas only a few days away, it’s time to get everything ready for the big day.
There is a lot to think about over the holidays and especially for families with children, Christmas can be quite hectic.
If you have young children or a hyperactive child, this can bring many additional challenges during the holiday season.
ADHD Counselor and Coach Sarah Templeton shared her practical advice on how to make the season easier to navigate.
Sarah also told Fabulous about her “boredom buster” technique, which parents must use to ensure kids don’t go wild this December.
So if you want your Christmas to go off without a hitch, here are Sarah’s top tips for surviving Christmas with ADHD and hyperactive kids.
KEEP THEM BUSY
To make sure your kids don’t freak out this Christmas, you need to try Sarah’s Boredom Buster technique.
She explained: “This is before, during and after the big day.
“Before that, it’s a good idea to get your hyperactive kids involved in the Christmas preparations.
“They will love making Christmas decorations, setting up the tree, helping you make mince pies and other Christmas treats, and being involved with wrapping and placing presents under the tree.
“A hyperactive child needs to be kept busy. On Christmas Day, make sure you have plans to keep them occupied, whether that’s by playing new games or delivering gifts to friends and neighbors.
“A bored hyperactive kid will give you a lot more trouble than a busy one.”
TAKE THEM OUTSIDE
Not only that, but Sarah also emphasized the importance of getting your kids outside to make sure they’re entertained.
Sarah continued: “Take them to as many kid-friendly Christmas events as possible.
“From turning on the Christmas lights, carol concerts, outdoor ice rinks, Christmas markets, anywhere they can stand, move and be entertained.
“Cover them up tight and watch them have fun building snowmen, having snowball fights and sledding. An ADHD child can have hours of fun in the snow.”
STACK THE GIFTS
Another tip from Sarah is to stagger your Christmas presents.
She explained: “You might have a stocking and tons of presents under the tree in the morning. It’s a very good idea sometime later in the afternoon to suddenly “find” half a dozen gifts “that came by before but you only just remembered”.
“It will give the ADHD or hyperactive child an adrenaline rush when they receive additional gifts later in the day.
“It’s also a very good idea to ask family or friends who are visiting on or after Boxing Day to bring presents.
“This will add excitement to an otherwise fairly boring day for an adrenaline pumping kid.”
KEEP BATTERIES ON HAND
It’s something you might forget, but according to this ADHD expert, it’s important to have batteries handy on Christmas Day.
She advised: “Nothing can kill the excitement of a new game or gadget if it doesn’t come with the right batteries.
“So stock up on different sizes and have them on hand to defuse any meltdown because something didn’t come with the right batteries or no batteries at all.”
ONE A DAY
According to Sarah, it’s important that the fun doesn’t stop after the big day.
She added: “Plan at least one activity a day between Christmas and New Year’s.
“It doesn’t have to be expensive. It can be a trip to the cinema to see a new Christmas movie, a walk in the snow, an afternoon at the local panto, bowling, a play date at one of their friends’, or anything that involves the child being out and doing something.
“Having a day where absolutely nothing is planned is not a good idea.”
While you’ll want to spend as much time as possible with your little ones over the holidays, it’s important that you also set aside some time for yourself.
Sarah said, “Include some ‘DU’ time. Make sure you have at least one night when their favorite aunt or uncle comes over to babysit and you and your partner or you and the girls/boys go out for an adult night out.
“This is important for you and the children. They’re going to love a night where they can pick the DVD and sit down and consume massive amounts of popcorn while they enjoy themselves.”
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