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THE QUESTION

I’m dreading this holiday season. Most of the things our family usually does are impossible because of COVID. And to top that off, we’re stuck at home with the kids for two weeks without much to do or any support. Help!

THE ANSWER

First, you are not alone: I’ve been hearing the same fear and sadness from so many parents.

In previous years, many of us would have been busy over the next few weeks with holiday parties, concerts and visiting or hosting friends or relatives. The kids’ school vacation would have been filled up with family activities and playdates. Instead? We are restricted from travelling or gathering with loved ones and the children are stuck at home without many diversions.

Give yourself permission to have a cry or ask for a hug and let your feelings out. It’s okay to miss your loved ones and your traditions. Yes, others have it worse – luckily it’s not a contest. Giving yourself some compassion doesn’t take it away from anyone else.

Since you’re going to be stuck at home without much to do, you need to take care of yourself. You as the parent set the tone in your household. Put yourself on the to-do list so that you can meet the needs of your family. It is essential to get enough sleep, get some exercise and take breaks when you can.

Read the rest of my answer at The Globe and Mail

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Sarah Rosensweet is a certified peaceful parenting coach, speaker, and educator. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three big kids (ages 13, 16, and 20). Peaceful parenting is a non-punitive, connection-based approach that uses firm limits with lots of empathy. Sarah works one-on-one virtually with parents all over the world to help them go from frustrated and overwhelmed to, “We’ve got this!”

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