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Overindulgence During the Holidays Can Spoil the Fun for Kids

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The joy of holidays are presents, parties, plenty of food -- but too much of any one of these can take the fun out of any celebration.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Kerry Murray-Pertchik is describing what happens when kids who are on holiday break, have no set schedule. "You see increase in tantrums and meltdowns, irritability inability to tolerate stress," said Murray-Pertchik. "Kids actually need more limits and more structure around this time of year than less, sort of having a container around them."

When you are traveling and visiting friends or relative, things can become more difficult.

"Keep the limits and the consequences going even though you may be at a family's house or hotel, make sure you keep the consequences and behavioral expectations the same," said Murray-Pertchik.

Parents need to strike a balance.

"If you are going to a party with a lot of stimulation make sure you have equal time opposing that. It can be reading a book, relaxing and some quite time at home,"
said Murray-Pertchik.

Reduce your child's stress: make sure they get enough sleep, keep the sweets and treats in check and get them to burn up extra energy with physical activity. Parents need to do the same for themselves.

"Make sure you keep on a routine and exercise regularly watch the food intake make sure you get the sleep," said Murray-Pertchik.

Parents keep in mind that there are things you do to make things worse.

"Lots of people over do the alcohol this time of year that will reduce one's ability to tolerate distress and be there present for your kids when you need to do more of that rather than less," said Murray-Pertchik.

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