Are you worried about the big day? Wondering how your child will cope?
Then take a deep breath and read on. It's ok to feel like this, and you aren't alone! Your child/children feel your emotions too and although they may seem over excited on the outside they may be internalising the pressure that is being felt to "hold it together for one day".
We can all picture it well, a home full of people, the hustle and bustle of wrapping paper being torn, lights flickering, smells from the fire or dinner cooking, frustrations among family members, and noise levels rapidly increasing...and then there's the long-distance family that turn up and plant their affection all over your children. It's a lot to take in especially if your child has special needs or SEMH difficulties.
If your child wants to disappear for half an hour or so to take a breather and get some space this doesn't mean they're being rude or unsociable. It likely means they need to take themselves away to regulate and cope. To have the courage to remove themselves from a situation that overwhelms them is something we could all learn from!
Here are our tips for children who are feeling this way on the big day: