Holiday Stress: How to Keep Calm and Avoid Fighting with Your Kids

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By Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

For parents dealing with child behavior problems, chances are the holidays make you feel even more stressed, exhausted, and overwhelmed. And for good reason.

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and family togetherness. And sometimes it is. But very often it’s not.

The parents that I work with every day are already at their wits’ end. Add the additional responsibilities and expectations around the holidays and things go from bad to worse.

The Trouble with High Expectations

Our culture tells us that the holidays are supposed to be happy, peaceful, loving times. We feel obligated to cook delicious meals, choose the perfect gifts, and present a beautiful home.

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Attention: Veterans, firemen, policemen and woman, EMT's

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Are you a combat solder, fireman, police officer, or EMT? Do you re-experience traumatic events, intrusive thoughts, visual or auditory flashbacks that leave you easily startled, Do you struggle with negative thoughts about what happen, Do you have feelings of isolation or self-blame? Those living with P.T.S.D persistently re-experience the traumatic event, leading to both psychological and physiological responses that can create distress or functional impairment. Events such as retirement, separation from a spouse, and the sudden loss of a child or another loved one could trigger mental health conditions, nightmares, and PTSD. Many turn to drugs and alcohol to numb and blunt that trauma and reduce the vividness of flashbacks in nightmares in order to get sleep. As a response, PTSD tends to be treated with drugs and behavioral interventions that address issues such as alcohol abuse and excessive anger rather than the underlying cause of these behavior ...

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  • From the desk of the Chaplain

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