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Christmas Through The Eyes of a Child- 2 Year Olds

If you’re like me, Christmas is your favorite time of the year—the decorations, the presents, time with family—and the image in your mind of everything going perfectly!  This week at Imagine Hope we are continuing to talk about how Christmas looks through your child’s eyes.  Today I will be talking about 2 year olds, and how to have appropriate expectations for them this holiday season. 2 Year Olds

As you may have observed already, some 2 year olds are quite frightened or disinterested by Santa Claus.  Make sure to take this into account if you plan to sit them on Santa’s lap this year—you may not get the photograph you are hoping for!

You may be surprised to find that your 2 year old is very interested in presents this year—in fact, they may be too interested!  They may open a present, and then look around or ask for the next one.  Don’t be surprised if they act greedy or selfish—developmentally they are in the “All about me” stage.  They will probably be excited about some of the gifts they get, but may not have much interest in who the gift giver is (Santa, grandparents, etc.).

Expect your 2 year old to be very interested in the tree—they may gaze and stare in amazement at the twinkling lights and decorations, as well as try to rearrange them for you :)

Keep on reading tomorrow as Alexa talks about Christmas through the eyes of a 3 year old!

Source: Parenting Group Counseling. Frieda A. Lang Ed. D.

Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW

Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group.  Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling.  Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.

Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.

Christmas Through The Eyes of a Child- Infants

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.

Infants

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.