This week in our house, I'm thinking about the Christmas cards I haven't sent yet (and actually, never sent out last year either), the tree we haven't put up, the gifts still on my list, the party we're planning for New Year's Day and the one my son wants to have for his friends the day before, the logistics of traveling to meet out-of-state relatives sometime Christmas week, the baking I need to do for get-togethers starting tomorrow ... and on top of that, the studying my kids have to do for two college finals that will most likely decide whether they pass or fail their respective math classes ... and on top of that, of course, the recent tragic events in Connecticut that make me fear for all children, and for children whose particular behavior and challenges may cause people to leap to the conclusion that they're a violent act just waiting to happen.
It's a stressful time, is what I'm saying. Stressful for all parents, to be sure, but our children's special needs add an extra degree of difficulty, as I've been spotlighting in these Day-Ruiners posts. To lighten at least the holiday-related portion of your stress load today, take a look at the list of stress tips from this site and all around the About.com parenting site; take a humor break by reading my Special-Needs Christmas Carols and Family Gathering Survival Kit; or have an inspiration wallow in Love Notes for Special Parents. Have you found a good way to cope with the stress? Share it on the Readers Respond page.