I don’t know about you, but to me, the holidays are so much more fun when there are kids around. At our center they are feeling it in the air. There is excitement and joy and a little misdirected behavior too! So what do we do with all this mounting energy? Listen.
I had a little guy tell me yesterday, “I just can’t figure out what my brain is saying”. Wow! I feel that way too sometimes. I think us grown-ups call that confused – or maybe, stressed. Someone helped him find words to express what he was feeling and because of that, we were able to talk about some of the things his “brain was saying”. And guess what? By the end of the conversation, he had calmed down and found more constructive outlets for that confused excitement. And we played together. He listened to his brain.
What kinds of things do you do to curb the enthusiasm? And how do you help the children figure out what their “brain is saying”?
It’s a funny time of year – but it can also be magical if you pay attention.
“Love is what is in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen”. Bobby, Age 7