QEP Bi-Monthly Blog: December 17
Susan Okoga, QEP Director
Happy Holidays!
Celebrating the holidays this year will be different but may be more enjoyable and peaceful if you focus on celebrating with just a few close family members. Preparing for the holidays often creates more stress. Having to take children shopping to buy gifts for family and friends; preparing elaborate meals; and traveling long distances to visit family on long flights, navigating crowded airports, and trying to keep tired children entertained can be exhausting.
This year would be a good time to slow the pace of the holidays and keep it quiet and intimate with close family and friends while keeping your family safe.
Here are some ways to enjoy family time together... 
  • Watch Christmas movies and snack on favorite treats.
  • Take a drive at night to see all the houses with lights and holiday decorations.
  • Bake some Christmas cookies and decorate them together.
  • Read books as you snuggle under the blanket.
  • Play puzzles with your younger children.
  • Start a large family puzzle and work on it together every day.
  • Teach your children games that you enjoyed as a young child like Candyland
  •      and Chutes and Ladders.
  • Go on evening walks around your neighborhood.
  • Sing and dance to Christmas songs.
  • Draw pictures to send to family and friends.
  • Write thank you notes for the gifts that you receive.
  • Build with Legos and other manipulative toys.
  • Pretend play using a blanket or sheet to make a tent, castle, or fort.
  • Be active and engaged with your children.
  • Listen to what they have to say and they will want to tell you more.
Older children have been doing distance learning for a while so limit their screen time and engage them in hours of active play, having fun both inside and outside. Remember to always wear a mask when venturing out, wash your hands frequently, and keep a safe distance from others. Stay focused on what you can do instead of talking about all the things that you cannot. 

From all of us at QEP, we want to wish you a very Merry (and safe!) Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

View photos in the December Gallery.