It is Christmas Time! Trees are going up. Lights are being put out. Gifts lists are being made. Traditions are being upheld. This time of year can be a magical time for people of all ages, but have you ever wondered about how kids of different stages look at Christmas? This week we will break it down by ages so you can make sure you have appropriate expectations for your kid's.
Sorry folks...if you are thinking your infant is going to LOVE everything about Christmas, you might be setting the bar too high.
Most of the time infants will be more anxious about the new toy and might even start crying instead of playing with it. Make sure you don't push your infant to fit your expectations or it could backfire on you.
I remember getting my son a toy for his first Christmas that popped balls around and played loud music. It took him a long time to be interested. I think my husband and I played with it most at first trying to coax our son to play too!
Expect your infant to be more interested in the twinkling lights and wrapping paper then anything else you get them. Sometimes as a parent you have to take a step back and meet your child where they are.
Don't worry though- a lot changes for a 2 year old! Read tomorrow as Christy gives us the details!
Source: Parenting Group Counseling. Frieda A. Lang Ed. D.
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.