We had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. We really did! We celebrated with so many loved ones & got to have relaxing down time with just our family as well.
But of course kids make any holiday a little more challenging, & always in their own special way 😉
Matteo does not like large crowds. He becomes very clingy, whiney, & downright upset if anyone tries to talk to him or touch him right away. He told me, “I just want to go to Maw Maw’s house on a secret day when there’s only one person there… Not a kazillion and two people.” And this sums it up exactly. He loves so many of the people that he gets to spend time with, but he would rather spend time with them one on one. He hates the noise, he hates the small talk, he hates the unexpected. Sounding like an introvert, right?
Eventually he warms up & enjoys himself, & then he is always disappointed when it is time to leave. He is a good sport, & I can totally see where he is coming from. It can be totally overwhelming to be in those situations, & I try to help him through it as best I can.
Then there is Julian…
My little extrovert. He is sometimes shy at first & clings to me, but once he realizes that I am not ditching him & will just be around the corner, he has a blast hamming it up & getting into trouble. There are very few houses that are Julian proof, which means that someone has to be watching him at all times because he will break something or hurt someone (& often does).
If the kids are coloring pictures, Julian will color on the walls. If there is a couch, Julian will jump off of it. If he wants your attention, Julian might punch you to get it. If there are fragile objects, Julian will steal them, drop them, throw them.
I say all of this to make you feel a little better about your holiday challenges with your kids. They all have the things that make them who they are, & sometimes those are the most challenging things when you are out of your daily routine. So let’s try to help them through the holidays as best we can. Let’s try to minimize the tears, & maximize the smiles (on our children’s faces as well as our own).