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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!
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
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...
stress: What parents of gifted children need to know by Gail Post in Gifted
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...
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
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)...
Your Gifted Child's Intensity During the Holidays by
Colleen on Raising
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
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
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...
Holiday Gatherings with Intergenerational Interviews by The
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!
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...
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
Surviving the Holidays with a House Full of Gifted Folks by
- 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!
July 01, 2016