Covid Christmas: Managing kids’ expectations without turning into the Grinch

Jessica Borelli, an associate professor of psychological science at the University of California at Irvine, urges parents not to feel as if they have to overdo it. “So much is falling on families, and it is asking a lot of parents to make the holidays special and compensate for all the things kids normally get and look forward to,” she says. “. . . So I would recommend they just do what feels manageable and not stretch themselves too thin, because I think we are already stretching a lot as parents.”