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Managing Adolescent Holiday Stress

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and making memories. Unfortunately, I doesn't always work out that way. There are several reasons the holidays may be a stressful time for your teenager.

If you've had a divorce or death in your family, the holidays may bring up heavy emotions that your child has trouble processing. Many teenagers are happiest with a set routine and adherence to traditions that are familiar to them. If a family situation, such as a job loss or an older sibling being away, causes a major shift in what they expect during the holidays, this can be hard as well.

The winter holidays happen at the end of the first school semester. This may be a time of school stress, as well. If your child's grades are suffering or they've let some things at school slide, it could be that it comes to a head during the holidays.

The holidays also happen to be during a time of year when there is less sunshine. This can lead to seasonal depression. If you have a tendency to get blue during the short days of winter, your children might as well.

Here are some ideas for helping your child manage stress during the holidays.



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