No matter how great the holiday was...it still cost us all (especially our kids) A LOT!
Be an INTENTIONAL PARENT - Don't fool yourself into thinking that your kids just sailed through without any impact.
It doesn't have to be a negative thing nor do you have to worry about having done something wrong. Just reframe this week knowing that it is part of your reality...it is part of their reality.
I call it Fall-Out. It can look like a lot of things, it can feel like a lot of things and it gets labeled a lot of things. Don't get caught in that trap. Your kids are tired and fried and therefore won't manage as well. See it for what it is, don't take it personally and label it appropriately...tired emotionally and physically, gave away a lot to ensure people liked them, endured a lot of overstimulation, was scared, was worried and anxious, revisited old grief and loss hurdles - you get the drift!
Here's the KEY! This week is all about MEETING THEM WHERE THEY ARE AT!
When you shift your thinking in that direction, you will have less challenging behavior and your child will get back up on his feet "emotionally" sooner! You might have to help him more, give him less to be responsible for, talk slower, move slower, go back and revisit old routines to help him adjust, and be more intentionally plugged in! They are not steps back that will last that long, but they are steps back that remind your children the Safety Net still exists - that they are truly okay!
Use Intentional Parenting to help fend off the empty child you are living with...fill him up and life will be better!