The holidays can be a joyous time for family gatherings, social events, and relaxation. It can also be a stressful time, particularly for teens. Even though it’s a break from school, activities and their regular routine, there are new situations and obligations that cause holiday stress.
Setting expectations and a schedule ahead of time can help everyone. All of those parties and family obligations could be talked about in advance to manage expectations and prioritize. Negotiate over “must-do’s” and “nice-to-do’s” and maybe even say “No” to a few tasks or events to relieve the stress.