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  • Writer's pictureErica Livingston

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas friends! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanza! However you celebrate, I hope it’s blessed!

How are you all handling the stress of the holidays with a special needs kiddo? For me, Christmas has always given me anxiety because of the anticipation of everything. This year, I couldn’t help but feel anxiety over if David would open his gifts or not. I don’t know why. I know that it’s very overwhelming for him. However, I can’t help but worry he will disappoint others by not opening gifts.

What we do at home is only wrap a few, and leave them for him to get to as he is comfortable. Sometimes, that takes weeks. My family knows this and accepts it completely, but I couldn’t help but be nervous that they’d be disappointed.

Now that it’s here, I know none of that matters. It’s just things that we special needs parents think about that others don’t. I hope every one of your kids have the most magical holidays, and nobody pressures your child to fit the “normal” kid reactions this holiday season!

❤️ Erica

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