“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”.

It really is such a wonderful time leading up to Christmas, the kids are excited, there are parties, end of year concerts, Christmas carols, Christmas movies on TV, shopping, end of year break ups, chocolate advent calendars (meaning a chocolate every day for 25 days straight oh yehhhh)… the list goes on!

But have you noticed that at this time of the year there also more meltdowns, tantrums, emotions, tiredness, tears, fights, arguments with your child and sometimes, even adults?

I hate to break it to you, but end of year meltdowns is a real thing! This time of the year is a hard one for parents and their kids! Emotions are running high, everyone is tired and many of us adults are already on edge due to the stress of Christmas approaching, end of year at work, functions, organising presents and figuring out what we are going to wear Christmas day (such a big decision). And for our kids, simple things like putting on their shoes or having to go to kinder or school seem like the biggest challenge that life will ever throw them. Or if your child is anything like mine, having a full-blown meltdown due to his sock feeling weird or his toothpaste all of a sudden being “spicy”. (big breaths)

A rapid decline in your child’s behaviour at this time of year is not uncommon, in fact, many would agree that in term 4 and the start of December, their kids are emotionally unstable little humans who find it much harder to process their feelings and emotions.

I spoke with some teachers and mum’s who have kindly offered some tips for you and your kids on how to get through the last couple of weeks of term;

  1. SLEEP! When you can and for as long as you can! Try and ensure you and your kids are going to bed early when possible and allow that sleep in on a weekend, Rest is so important.
  2. Limit after school activities. It is okay to not go to every function or end of year break up you are invited to. Limiting what your kids are up to after school can give them time to rest and chill out.
  3. Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you are unable to make an event, forget to write Christmas cards or even if your kids miss doing a reader for school, at this time of year, it is not the end of the world. Let it go, we can only do our best and what is best for you and your children.
  4. Be prepared for the end of year emotions and try not to fight it. It is completely normal for your child to feel this way and with a bit of extra support and understanding, they will be okay and so will you!
  5. Take a minute to breathe! Mindfulness and meditation are great ways to pause and let go of any feelings of stress or overwhelm. It only takes a minute. Encourage your child to take some breaths throughout the day or in the morning, it just might be the thing to get them over the line!

If all else fails, put them to bed, take a deep breath and pour yourself a nice glass of wine, open the chocolates and watch some Netflix, you deserve it Mumma!

Not long to go, good luck and Merry Christmas xx