"Happiness is not a station you arrive at but a manner of traveling." - Margaret Lee Runbeck
Spring, 2020 Look for small joys, and take this time to strengthen your bond with your child. In your home, you may notice a range of feelings expressed by your child, from questions and worry to minimal concern over the current pandemic and social distancing. You may have mixed feelings, yourself.
This is an uncertain time, but also a hopeful time. So many people are exercising great precautionary measures to protect the health of everyone across the planet. We are staying apart physically after coming together in the shared goal of protecting each other.
Look for small joys in each day, and name things for which you can be grateful, to bolster your sense of well-being. This is a worthy lesson to teach your child, too, and one we share at school. You can treasure and be grateful for time together with your child.
Finding your own wisdom and emotional strength to handle this time - and guide your child - may be challenging. Below are a few articles and a video to give you suggestions about handling your own uncertainty and supporting your child to do the same.
Questions and Answers when Speaking with Children and Adolescents about Anxiety Associated with the Coronavirus Part 1 (March 20, 2020) Part 2 (March 21, 2020) Lynn offers genuine insight and advice in a down-to-earth style. She is worth watching.
"Do three things each day that brighten someone else's day." - Lynn Lyons
"A parent's full attention is a form of love." - Daniel Goleman
Coping For Kids of all Ages For all members of the family, knowing many coping skills equips us to handle our days.
Try out many strategies, then select your favorites. Check out those on the chart to the left or devise your own.
Practice them even when you are calm and relaxed so that they are readily in mind when you need to use them.
"Sometimes miracles are just good people with kind hearts."