Strategies To Help Your Child with ADHD Manage the Holidays


The Holidays Are Here !!

The holidays can be a very stressful time for all of us with all the holiday gatherings, trips away from home, school parties, gift exchanges, shopping, trips to see Santa and the list goes on and on.

Today, I’d like to chat about some practical ways that you can help your child navigate the holidays to make them less stressful for you and them

7 Tips to Navigate the Holidays With a Child Who Has ADHD

  1. Pre-Teach what is going to happen.  What do I mean by Pre - Teach. Well, it’s basically a time you will set aside to teach your child about what to expect before the event arises. For example, in an hour we are going to go to a Christmas party and there will be food there.  Let’s have a healthy snack in case there is nothing there that you don’t want to eat. We will be there for about 2 hours and there will be games and Santa too. There might be a lot of noise, so what do you think we should do if you feel it’s getting too loud?  

  2. Only go to the events you know will be fun for you and your child.  Don’t feel like you have to attend every event. Tree lighting in your local town might be fun, but do you really have to go to your neighbor’s Christmas party where there will be tons of noise and stimulation?   

  3. Check in with your child during the event.  This will help to make sure he/she doesn’t have a meltdown.

  4. Bring quiet entertainment items for your child as many of our kids get bored easily.  Coloring book and crayons, travel games and don’t forget the headphones if you are planning on bringing their devices.

  5. Trips to the mall can be very hard with a child who is impulsive as there are so many distractions and they may want everything and once you say “no”, a meltdown occurs.  Shop online if you can and if you have to go to the mall, set clear ground rules.

  6. Be sure to have your car stocked with a comfy clothes, a blanket, water bottle and healthy snack to help regulate their bodies and emotions

  7. Praise your Child’s good behavior.

Next Steps

As a mom to a child with ADHD, I’ve been there and want to serve you well while you navigate this journey. Please check out my other blog posts and download my FREE BOOKLET - 5 Ways to Keep Your Child with ADHD Calm and Focused here.

Until next time,


About the author:  Mary is a wife of 22 years and mom to three children, one who has ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder.  She is also a Certified Health Coach and loves to serve her clients through a Free Facebook group, Online and In-Person Individual Family Coaching and Group Coaching programs.  She is also a self published author of "Food & The Brain" a book about how food affects our brains and the creator of "Grocery Store to Table" a program with a proven approach to helping your child accept new foods into their diets.