Protecting Your Child Over the Holidays

With Christmas comes a whole lot of busyness, extended family, and events galore for everyone to attend. In the midst of it all, it can be hard to remember the risks of the season and how to keep your child safe. Here are three ways you can make sure your child has a fun and safe time over the holidays!

1. Keep them safe from sickness

Wash your hands, and remind them to wash theirs too! With the stress and excitement of the holidays, it can be easy for children and adults alike to start to lose sleep, forget to wash their hands, and eventually fall victim to illnesses.

2. Keep them safe from risky people

If you notice something a little off about a particular person, or feel unsafe with your child being around them, listen to your gut! Sadly, 50-60% of sexual offenders of children are family members. While there is no way to definitively tell if there is a risk, if you have any suspicions, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

3. Keep them safe from overwhelm

It’s easy to want to say yes to every single celebration and opportunity to have some seasonal fun, but remember that young ones can’t always handle all of the extra noise, people, or activities. There is a lot going on over the holiday season so do not be afraid to say no to a few celebrations or activities in favor of a night at home in front of the fire, or drinking cocoa on the couch. Everyone needs downtime amidst the business of the season! If your child has a disability that could make sensory overload a bigger issue, remember to make sure you have an exit plan when you do attend events in case you need to leave early.
With these tips in mind, you are ready to enjoy a safe, happy holiday season with your family!

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