It can be difficult for your child to control themself with the added excitement of the holidays. To minimise inappropriate behaviours and maximise holiday cheer, rehearse the event beforehand. Assign family members a part in the rehearsal; you and your child will play yourselves. Select one other family member to play the role of the friend or family member whose house you will be visiting. Brainstorm with your child Act I, Act II, Act III, and Act IV.
Act I: driving to person’s house.
Act II: being greeted at the door and spending time with the host prior to dinner.
Act III: dinner.
Act IV: activity after dinner and goodbyes.
For each Act, discuss expectations and timelines. After this discussion, you should act out and rehearse each part of your ‘play’. Take the opportunity to redirect when behaviours are inappropriate and provide positive feedback when your child displays desired behaviours during your rehearsal. An interactive dress rehearsal will allow your child to develop a clear understanding of expectations over the holidays.