Surviving the Holiday Hustle with Craftikit

The holidays are a magical time for children…filled with excitement, joy, and the promise of presents. But let's be honest – they can also be a bit overwhelming. The change in routine, large family gatherings, and the general chaos that comes with the season can leave our little ones feeling a bit out of sorts, leading to the occasional outburst or tantrum. 

As parents, it's important we have some tricks up our sleeves to help navigate these moments and ensure everyone has a holly-jolly time. To help, we’ve gathered some tried-and-true tips to prevent your child from feeling overwhelmed during the holiday hustle:

  1. Embrace Routine, Even Amidst the Festivities

The more things change, the more they stay the same. While holiday routines may deviate from the norm, try to maintain some semblance of a schedule. Regular mealtimes and bedtimes can provide a sense of stability for your child, helping them feel more secure during all the holiday hubbub.

  1. Create a Cozy Retreat Space

Everybody needs a little downtime. Set up a cozy corner where your child can retreat when the excitement becomes too much. Fill it with soft blankets, their favorite stuffed animals, and perhaps a few calming activities. It's a retreat space – not a timeout – so make sure it's a positive and inviting spot.

  1. Craft a Calm Down Jar Together

Shake it off! Create a calm-down jar with your child to help them relax when things get a bit too hectic. Fill a clear jar with water and glitter, seal it tight, and shake it up. As the glitter slowly settles, encourage your child to take deep breaths and watch the chaos inside the jar transform into calm. It's such a simple yet effective mindfulness activity.

  1. Craftikit - Your Secret Weapon Against Holiday Stress

Crafting…the magical stressbuster. Let Craftikit be your go-to solution for turning holiday stress into creative bliss. Our themed craft kits, featuring animal, dinosaur, space, and fairy garden projects, are designed to captivate your child's imagination and provide a constructive outlet for their energy.

Are you wondering how crafting can help kids through the holiday chaos? Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • Engage in Quality Bonding Time: Crafting with your child is not only a fantastic way to channel their energy but also an opportunity for quality bonding. Craftikit projects provide the perfect platform for shared moments of joy.
  • Encourage Self-Expression: The holidays can be overwhelming, but crafting offers a way for your child to express themselves freely. With 20 unique craft projects in each Craftikit, they can explore their creativity and proudly display their masterpieces around the house.
  • Celebrate Achievements, Big and Small: Completing a craft project is a big achievement for a child! Celebrate their success, whether it's mastering a new technique or simply finishing a project. Positive reinforcement can go a long way in boosting their confidence and easing holiday stress.
  • Take a Break with Craftikit Time: When the holiday hustle becomes too much, designate some Craftikit time. Let your child immerse themselves in the joy of crafting and enjoy a peaceful break from the chaos. It's a win-win – they get to have fun, and you get a moment to recharge.
  1. Communicate and Listen

Sometimes, they just need to be heard. Encourage open communication with your child. If they're feeling overwhelmed or anxious, give them a safe space to express their feelings. Active listening can make a world of difference, allowing you to address their concerns and reassure them that it's okay to feel a little off kilter during the holidays.

And so…

Amid the holiday hustle, remember that it's okay for things to be a little chaotic. By following these tips and turning to Craftikit for crafting relief, you can navigate the season with ease and create lasting memories with your child. 

Here's to a holiday season filled with joy, creativity, and the magic of crafting!



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