|The Gift of Togetherness|
December 16, 2011
By Kids in Crisis TeenTalk Counselors
Making connections requires something we’re all short of – time. Adults and children alike are dealing with unprecedented levels of stress and demands on our time. The holidays are no different; in fact, they’re one of the year’s most stressful periods. Visions of sugarplums become ‘to do’ lists and happy holiday memories become as elusive as Santa and his elves.
Despite the crazy pace of the holidays, it is the perfect time to connect with our children, to devote time to peeking beneath the surface of things. Time together can establish a stronger relationship and, at the same time, help identify issues and concerns before they may become a problem. As a New Year begins, there’s no better time to develop a stronger relationship with our kids. So how can the holidays be merry and bright, rather than frantic and short-tempered? How can you turn jam-packed days into the chance to reconnect with your adolescent?
Begin by taking two things off your own “to do” list. Maybe it’s making only two kinds of cookies, rather than a bakery’s worth. Or perhaps it’s skipping the annual holiday card mailing or attending a holiday party. Your call. Take some of that reclaimed time to make a meaningful connection with your child through one or some of these easy, cost-effective ideas: