As we roll into the holiday season, we’re looking ahead to all the new and exciting things in store in 2020 for the Five Enchanted Mermaids. One big goal of ours is to offer a new series of children’s books – five books, to be exact – where we devote a full book to each of the mermaids and explore her special skill/interest in greater depth. Each mermaid will speak directly to the reader and we envision these books to be a helpful resource for her emotional development. There will be more information about this project as we move into the New Year. Watch this space!
In the meantime. here are some holiday tips and thoughts directly from the mermaids.
The holiday season is a great time for young children to try new things and often make a bold step into achieving a new level of self-reliance and independence. It’s always fun to have a first sleepover at a cousin’s, grandparents’ or friend’s house. Kids start to express their preferences about gifts for family members – and also items they’d like to see under the tree on Christmas morning. Leaving the lower branches of the tree empty for them to fill with non-breakable ornaments helps them feel independent.
Quite often the holidays present new experiences that can feel scary to young children – the Santa at the mall, family parties with lots of strange faces, winter break from school, waiting for Christmas Eve to turn into Christmas morning – and the thought of Santa creeping around the house while everyone is asleep. Keeping their schedules for sleep and meals as regular as possible, as well as maintaining a tranquil environment with regular check-ins about how they’re doing can help them (and you!) have a happy holiday season.
By celebrating diversity, we also celebrate the wide array of traditions, religions and philosophies that add such richness to our world. As parents, it’s best to model sensitive honesty by helping children understand that others, including their friends, may have different beliefs and traditions than they do. People also have lots of ways to handle the magic of Santa, elves, and flying reindeer. Each family can determine how to handle these subjects in a way that is consistent with their belief system.
It’s never too early to find some special jobs your daughter can do on her own during the holidays. Family holiday baking presents lots of opportunities, especially for cookie and cake decoration (keep the camera handy!). On Christmas Day, collecting used wrapping materials, being in charge of serving dessert to the guests, or being in charge of opening the door to greet guests as they arrive are good options. Having this type of responsibility adds to their overall confidence.
The Holiday season is all about happiness - and kindness is a part of that. Toddlers will get exhausted quickly from the excitement of the party, presents, travel, and guests. Melt down is common. Working to maintain normal sleep patterns – both night time and nap time – is a key success factor. Make sure to carve out some one-on-one time so they feel special and let them learn that kindness and self-care go hand in hand.
Happy Holidays from the Five Enchanted Mermaids team!