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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Surviving the Holidays

Surviving the Holidays with a House Full of Gifted Folks! The holidays bring school breaks and family time, and we love the hours spent with our friends and relatives and all the kids. But sometimes... those large gatherings in small spaces bring along stress.

And while this was written for the holidays, these great hints will serve you as well in your summer family picnics, spring and fall celebrations, and other holidays and family occasions, no matter what time of year!

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops, including Holiday Gifts: Bye-Bye Buy-Buy! and  Overexcitabilities (OEs).

If you'd like to read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics. Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Calm Kids Down With Doodle Diaries by Catie, My Little Poppies
Initially, I tried reading aloud to my children when they were off the wall, but they just wouldn’t listen. So, I tried number two. While they were carrying on like wild hooligans, I simply took out a piece of paper and started to doodle. That's it.

And, do you know what? They joined me. Every single time...
Holiday stress: What parents of gifted children need to know by Gail Post in Gifted Challenges
Parents of gifted children face some unique stressors during the holidays. The combination of gifted children's often heightened sensitivities along with the burden of explaining their differences to those unfamiliar with giftedness can result in additional stress...
Holidays with the Quirky by Adventures of Hahn Academy
Thanksgiving has ended and now the mad dash for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa gift hunting really starts. But, I have to admit, I love the fact that my quirky kid does not care for the Elf on the Shelf and does not believe in Santa. For me, it means completely less stress. And, to be honest, you will never see a pinterest Christmas at my house. It also means our holidays might be quirky to some! Of course the gifts our son requests and receives will be viewed quirky by most or at the minimum not typical. However, nothing is really typical...

How to Strip Your Holidays Naked by Wenda Sheard, J.D. Ph.D. Thoughts on Life and Learning

Let’s all aspire to serenity-filled, relaxing holidays. We have the power to choose how much to strip our holidays naked, down to their relaxing cores. I leave you with this holiday prayer...

Surviving the Holidays with a House Full of Gifted! by Carolyn K, Hoagies' Nibbles and Bits
For our family, the key to surviving the holidays is a combination of family, traditions, and down time, with a cat or dog thrown in for good cuddling. Happy Holidays!
Surviving the holidays by Jo on Sprite's Site
All the folk at Sprite’s Site seem to go into overdrive during the holidays! We try to get everyone together for a group picture. This year the Persona Dolls from Personas, profiles and portraits want to combine with Sprite’s Site for the celebrations. There are debates in progress about which blog should host the activities. There are cards to send, presents (preferably not too expensive)...
Managing Your Gifted Child's Intensity During the Holidays by Colleen on Raising Lifelong Learners
Ever since I was a little girl, I looked forward to the holidays. My birthday kicked everything off, followed by Thanksgiving, several other family members’ birthdays, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and more birthdays. Time was an exciting blur from late November through early January. And then I had kids.

I was semi-prepared for the overstimulation and over-tiredness all kids seem to experience this time of the year, but from the beginning, my kids just seemed a more...
Let the Season be the Gift by Gift-Ed Connections
And there are so many things to consider. The new challenges that adolescent children bring and face. A community that is feeling the pressures of an economic downturn. The political, environmental, and economic state of the world. And in just a few short sentences I can feel some of the anxiety slip back. But I know what to do because I believe that on some level all the music, food, fellowship and Christmas "messages" are part of the preparation we will need to face whatever is coming...
Building family relationships through games by Jen, repurposed genealogy
Our family is competitive, and games can be a way to bring unite a family rather than starting quibbles over house rules. I like games where I can win. I like games that require some strategy, but also a bit of luck. If I have to focus too much on winning, I find it difficult to relax and share stories with family and friends. I have only played one entire game of Monopoly in the past 25 years as a result. I would rather play Yahtzee...
Enriching Holiday Gatherings with Intergenerational Interviews by The Fissure
This fall, a nonprofit group called StoryCorps launched the “Great Thanksgiving Listen” to engage older children in documenting the stories of their grandparents or elders. Students age 13 and older are eligible to participate, and they can record and upload family interviews to the Library of Congress through a free app.

The “Listen” is designed for high school students, but children can conduct interviews, too – and they don’t need a national project to try it!
4 Ideas To Engage Your Child During Holidays by Elgarmummy
The December holiday period is here, and I have two boys who are having their school holidays. What can I do to engage the two boys, aged three and six, so that they will not drive each other crazy (usually it’s the younger one that drives the elder one crazy)? I only have two or three weeks of break before I start working again.

Make and play homemade games...
Have A Happy [not exasperating] Holiday by Marianne Kuzujanakis... on how I see
The holidays traditionally bring with them merriment, joy and peace. Or so the greeting cards say. Unfortunately, for some families, the holiday celebrations may instead bring an uneasy joy, filled with challenging experiences.
Surviving the Holidays with a House Full of Gifted Folks by Institute for Educational Advancement
The holidays are a time for rest and relaxation – if you can find a minute between making travel arrangements, hosting family and friends visiting from out-of-town, and finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list! The stresses that inevitably accompany the holidays can be especially challenging for individuals with intensities. To help you embrace the spirit of the holidays and ensure that everyone has a merry time (even you!), here are a few tips for surviving the upcoming snowstorm...

What conditions place a gifted child at greatest risk?

If you'd like to read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Updated September 01, 2016

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