The holidays are a time for family togetherness. But, sometimes family gatherings can come with challenging family dynamics. So, how can we create harmony at family holiday gatherings?
Developmental psychologist and Mom Enough co-host, Dr. Marti Erickson, was on KARE 11 to discuss tips for having peaceful family holiday gatherings. And, she highlights the importance of doing our part to maintain healthy interactions because we are modeling this behavior for our children.
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT COPING DURING THE HOLIDAYS?
❉ FINDING HOLIDAY HARMONY IN TURBULENT TIMES. Emotions are running high during these volatile political times, and many families are concerned about how to create a peaceful and respectful atmosphere when extended family and friends gather for the holidays. Especially with children carefully watching the adults in the family, it’s important to be aware of the lessons we are teaching through our actions.
❉ HOLIDAYS AFTER LOSS. The holiday season is filled with images of happy families gathered around the fireplace, singing songs, making wonderful memories together. For most families it is hard to measure up to that perfect greeting card image; but for families who have experienced a loss – death of a loved one, major illness or a family breakup – the holidays can be a time of almost overwhelming sadness. What are some of the special challenges of holidays during such difficult times? What can families do to cope (and even thrive) during the holiday time? And, for friends of the family, how can you help? Read Dr. Marti Erickson’s tips to learn more.
❉ POST-DIVORCE CHRISTMAS: BLENDED FAMILIES, HARMONIOUS HOLIDAYS. For most families the holiday season is a time of joy, but also stress and pressure. The stress in turn can lead to tense relationships or even out-and-out conflict among family members. For families affected by divorce, that tension is multiplied, and children often become the unwitting pawns in their parents’ battles. But some divorced parents find ways to rise above their past difficulties and work together (or even celebrate together!) in order to create for themselves and their children a holiday filled with peace and good will. What are the pitfalls for divorced parents or blended families to watch out for during the holidays? And what can parents do to keep their children’s wellbeing in mind and let the true holiday spirit prevail?