Christmas can be a tough time for people who are feeling alone, unsupported or for those who have lost or been separated from someone special.
If you’re a young parent in this position, we’ve put together some ideas for how you can spend your time over the festive period. Hopefully it will help you!
Volunteer your time to help others
Christmas is a time for giving and it might feel better to give back your time to help others.
Do you have a neighbour or a relative who might appreciate a visit or is also feeling low? You and your little one could take a trip to see them.
Get out and about
It’s common for nurseries and schools to hold Christmas parties. This could be a great chance to go and meet or chat to other parents. Your little one can enjoy playing with friends as well.
There are plenty of parks, forests and attractions you can go to over Christmas. By
getting out of the house, it might give you the breath of fresh air you need to make you feel better and it will also be something fun for you to do with your child/children.
Winter Wonderland have a few attractions across the UK. Entry is free, however, the rides and stalls can be pricey, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the Christmassy vibes!
There are also plenty of Christmas markets all around the UK that are free to go to. Find out if there are any Christmas markets local to you, here. A hot drink and a treat could be the pick-me-up you need.
Seeing your little one’s face when they see and meet Santa is priceless and many grottos are FREE! Definitely take advantage of this and take a look to see if there are any in your area, here.
Stay in and make Christmas crafts
On a rainy, cold day, sometimes it’s difficult to get out of the house, which can make you feel lonely or down. Keep your little ones entertained and you busy, by trying out these Christmas crafts. It’s always rewarding to see your child create something and it will be even better if you do it together 🙂
Bake something Christmassy
It’s such a great feeling when you’ve made something from scratch and see your end result. To get you moving and your mind focused, why don’t you bake something with your little one.
There are plenty of kid-friendly baking recipes online so the inspiration is endless, from gingerbread men, Rudolph biscuits and Christmas pudding rice krispie cakes.
If baking isn’t your thing, you could buy a pre-made gingerbread house and get creative by decorating your own. You’ll feel a real sense of achievement and you’ll get to enjoy eating what you’ve made – win-win!
If you don’t feel like going out, spend some quality time with your little one by having a snuggle on the sofa and watch a Christmas film.
Try and think positive
We understand it can be difficult and it’s OK to feel sad, but it’s really important to think positive thoughts. You could write down 5 things that you’re grateful for on a piece of paper, pop it in a fillable bauble and hang it on your tree. The smallest things sometimes go a long way and you could also make it a Christmas tradition with your little one.
If you need extra support
If you are feeling lonely, sad or just need someone to talk to during the Christmas period, please remember that help is available
There’s no shame in your game if you need a little support to give you and your child the best Christmas. You can find your local food bank here.
If you need help with Christmas presents this year, there are charities that distribute presents for families and children in need. Charities such as The Salvation Army, Cash for Kids and Family Action appeal each year to help families across the UK.
Here’s a list of helplines available if you need them:
Samaritans: 116 123
Samaritans provide round the clock help to those who need someone to talk or who feel suicidal. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. You don’t have to be suicidal to call them.
Shelter: 0808 800 4444
Shelter is a registered charity that campaigns to end homelessness and bad housing in England and Scotland. It gives advice, information and advocacy to people in need. Their free helpline is open 365 days a year.
MIND: 0300 123 3393 or text 86463
MIND provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Their lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays), however, they’re closed on 25th and 26th December and 1st January. Phone calls from UK landlines are charged at local rates and charges from mobile phones vary.
Crisis: 0300 636 1967
Crisis are a national charity for homeless people. If you are homeless, please find out more about how Crisis can help, here. They are available between 9am and 8pm, however, Christmas hours may be different.
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