Keeping the Magic of Christmas Alive

Local Psychologist Offers Help for Parents

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – It’s the most wonderful time of year! But from Santa wearing a face shield and families getting together over Zoom, the holidays in 2020 are anything but normal.

Heather Pagliarini is a stay at home mom in Scituate.  She has two kids, Eliana and Ezra, ages 8 and 4.  She’s doing everything she can to keep the magic of Christmas despite our restrictions. She says they are taking advantage of everything outside and distanced.  From visiting outdoor light displays to picking out a tree together, She’s trying to keep certain traditions alive.

Experts say that can help children cope with the changes.

Dr. Margaraet Paccione, a Psychologist at Bradley Hospital, says it’s important to be truthful with kids.  Don’t tell them not to be afraid or anxious.  Be honest with them, Acknowledge their upset and disappointment in missing things this year.

She says parents should also recognize that things don’t have to be perfect.  Adults should rely on each other to figure out ways to make this year special.  She suggests replacing perfect with fun.

In the Pagliarini house, Elf on the Shelf Maggie is up to her usual antics, doing all kinds of crazy things like going down the stairs on a candy cane sled.

And lastly, remember, if there is a silver lining to the coronavirus, it’s that we have a lot more time to spend together as a family.

If you need some tips on how to talk to your kids, Lifespan has provided several links to resources:

Kid’s Link

Coronavirus and Calming Kid’s Worries

Talking To Kids About Diseases

Teen’s Stress and How Parents Can Help


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