© 2022 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Public Media from Michigan State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Robin Pizzo, WKAR director of education, responds to frequently asked questions from parents and educators

Q: How can I keep the holidays fun and exciting?

Child and parent mixing dough.
Image courtesy of Microsoft

A: The holidays can cause a lot of pressure to create big moments, but there is no pressure when the holidays are about community.

Parents, caregivers, and educators place a tremendous amount of pressure on themselves to create epic moments during the holidays for the children in their lives. And I get it. We’ve experienced a lot of trauma, uncertainty, and sadness over the last couple of years. However, the joy of the holidays is best shown with the connection to family, friends, and our communities both near and far.

Sharing precious moments and helping others is a win-win experience. Children enjoy being helpers and can learn lessons about community that will last a lifetime. Connect with local organizations that address food scarcity, homelessness, or elder care to discover safe ways to help. For example, homeless shelters are often in need of new socks.

Learning about family history by sharing stories is another wonderful way to foster togetherness. To add an extra dose of creativity, have children illustrate a funny story shared by a family member. Then hang it on the wall for a lasting memory.

For more useful tips check out the PBS Parents article, “10 Experiences to Give This Holiday Season”.

Happy Learning,

Mrs. Pizzo

News from WKAR will never be behind a paywall. Ever. We need your help to keep our coverage free for everyone. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. You can support our journalism for as little as $5. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.