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Dd can't cope with excitement of Xmas any advice

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greener2 Tue 02-Dec-14 11:18:27

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OneInEight Tue 02-Dec-14 12:13:03

Some idea's which have helped us.

Tell her or better still show her what Christmas present she is getting. Seems wrong I know but saves a lot of angst.

Minimize the Christmas activities - tell her what and when you are doing. Repeating ones you did last year might be better than doing new ones if boring for you. Do a timetable so she knows what is coming up.

Keep her off school if they are doing something that will wind her up and/or get school to tell her each morning any changes to the day / week.

Minimize family / friend get togethers if she finds them stressful or at least lay out your expectations for her - how long, who will be there, where she can go if she needs space (my SIL for instance let's the ds's go upstairs to a bedroom and read a book if it all gets too much).

greener2 Tue 02-Dec-14 13:18:01

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coppertop Tue 02-Dec-14 13:18:57

I do:

- Letting ds choose his presents from us (within reason!) so that there isn't as much anticipation and wondering what he might get.

- Ds' bedroom has been declared a Christmas-free zone. It's kept exactly as it is for the rest of the year, and even his Advent calendar stays downstairs. He retreats there when it gets too much for him.

- Leaving decorations until closer to Christmas. We all generally get fed up with them after a few days anyway so it's good for everyone.

- Preparing him in advance for any planned events.

greener2 Tue 02-Dec-14 20:58:18

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Andanotherthing123 Wed 03-Dec-14 18:33:38

Ds gets wildly enthused about Christmas but it also makes him angry and volatile. Someone explained that it's all the different things we do at this time of year which upsets and unsettles some kids (starting with bonfire night,Halloween etc).

By Christmas day ds has generally completely withdrawn and stopped eating. To reduce the impact we limit Santa visits, Christmas activities and presents. He still likes to wear his Santa jumper and relentlessly watch Christmas DVDs but everything else is rationed!

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