Connecting with Teens during the Holidays

The holidays are a great time to reconnect with family after busy days of school, work and extracurricular activities. Take some time this holiday season to intentionally connect with your teen.

·         Family traditions are important to most teens. These events offer consistency and predictability. Even if your teen says they are bored or is acting distant, they may actually really appreciate the chance to experience these traditions. Encourage your teen to add their own flair to your holiday traditions.

·         Involve your teen in the planning process. Ask them how they would like to contribute with or plan. Maybe they would like to decorate or make a dish for a meal.

·         Help your teen balance time with family and time with friends. Stating clear expectations for how much time your teen is expected to spend with family can fend off any holiday explosions. Encourage your teen to create new holidays traditions with their friends, or invite their friends to be a part of yours.


Holidays and celebrations can be joyful occasions, but for many people they come with much added stress. Stress from events; grief and loss, feeling overwhelmed and spending too much money. If you feel things are too complicated or you are overcome with emotion, talk with someone you can trust. Strathcona County Family and Community Services offers professional counselling and solutions navigation to help with life complications. Counsellors and Navigators use a strength-based approach and will help you to achieve your goals. No appointment needed, just walk in and pay what you can afford. Take time and join one of the drop in counselling groups offered.

For more information visit  or call 780-464-4044.


Visit CMHA for more information on coping with stress during the holidays!


Helping to create a supported, safe and connected community. Strathcona County’s mental health capacity program is made possible through Alberta Health Services, Alberta Community and Social Services and Strathcona County.

Disclaimer: Family and Community Services wants to empower residents by giving them the tools to improve their personal well being and relationships.  Some of the information provided is offered by external sources and is intended as an information resource only. Strathcona County is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information supplied by external sources. Users wishing to rely upon this information should consult directly with the source of the information.