Wednesday December 7, 2011
Home Help For The Holidays
Its free, anonymous and confidential
Released by Kids Help Phone
hen we think of kids and the holidays, family concerns, stress, and anxiety aren't typically things we associate with the gift-giving season.
While this can be a wonderful time of year, families can also feel pressured to meet expectations, stay within a budget, and maintain a packed holiday schedule - and those experiences can hold true for both kids and parents.
Kids can especially be affected at this time of year when they see that their parents are preoccupied with holiday-related obligations or concerns, the sorrow of having lost a parent, or when the adults in their lives may be consuming more alcohol than usual.
This holiday season, Kids Help Phone counsellors are available to talk about what kids and parents can do to help alleviate stress this holiday season.
Why we want to talk about it
Family issues account for 13% of contacts Kids Help Phone receives.
Whatever the source of holiday stress, it is a very real problem for young people who experience it. This December, Kids Help Phone wants to start a discussion on how kids and adults can work together to keep holiday stress at a minimum.
What our experts are saying
"No matter what time of year it is, parents still need to remain parents," says Cheryl-Lynn Roberts, a professional counsellor at Kids Help Phone. "Kids need someone to provide consistent structure, guidance, and discussion, no matter what the issue is, and no matter what time of year it is."
Tips for parents
Coping with the holidays can be overwhelming, for parents and kids. One suggestion is to be open to doing things differently.
With the excitement and the stress the season usually brings, you can count on both kid and adults getting irritated.
"Ask your kids if they want to be part of the holiday planning," Roberts says. "If you sit down with them and say 'I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed,' asking for their input empowers them and helps them feel involved, and can also help take some of the pressure off you. It can also help to hire a babysitter or arrange to share child care with another parent in a trade to support each other. Ask if they can watch your kids while you run errands, or even just to keep them entertained while you're busy at home."
Roberts and other Kids Help Phone professionals are available to talk about more tips and tricks to making it all work this holiday season.
Kids Help Phone is Canada's only phone and on-line counselling service for youth. It's free, anonymous and confidential. Professional counsellors are available any time of the day or night, 365 days a year, to help young people deal with concerns large or small. As a national community-based charity, Kids Help Phone relies on individual and corporate donations to fund these vital services.
In BC, kids and parents can call 604-267-7057
Every dollar donated to Kids Help Phone makes a difference in a young person’s life. Providing free services using professional counsellors that operate every hour of every day of the year is expensive. We look for help everywhere we can. Without the generosity of our donors and volunteers, hundreds and thousands of kids would not receive the support they need and deserve. When you give to Kids Help Phone, you help to safeguard the health and welfare of children and youth.
As a volunteer-driven organization, Kids Help Phone’s extensive volunteer network is pivotal to our continued success. It is through our committed volunteers that Kids Help Phone is able to ensure that children from all communities in British Columbia know how to access the help they need when they are faced with a problem, however large or small it may be.
The primary function of Kids Help Phone BC Regional office is to raise awareness of Kids Help Phone among British Columbian children, parents and caregivers, donors and to raise necessary funds to provide immediate, caring support to children and youth located in urban and rural communities throughout the province.
If you would like to volunteer at a local chapter, please contact the BC regional office at 604-267-7057
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