November is National Adoption month, and for many foster, kinship, and adoptive families, it’s the kickoff to a season of holiday stress! If you’re new to foster parenting, or you’ve been on this journey for a while, now is an excellent time to slow things down and think about your plans for the holiday season. Project 1.27 has a quick “Handling Holiday Stress” tip sheet and HALT tool to help guide you through making this holiday season as enjoyable (with realistic expectations) as possible!
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS TO HELP WITH UPCOMING HOLIDAY STRESS:
H.A.L.T. is a quick tool you can use when you notice you’re feeling stressed (this is also a great TOOL to use with the children & youth in your home).
AM I: HUNGRY? ANGRY? LONELY? TIRED?
This simple self-assessment can be a good starting point for identifying stress. Sometimes taking a simple first step can begin the process of working through more significant stressors looming. Everything is harder to process when hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. So, once this initial stress is identified, take steps to address it. Then, when you can move forward, set up a plan to head off future stressors.
For this & other Project 1.27 Resources visit https://www.project127.org/family-resources.html