This year’s holiday season will be especially challenging, marked by the coronavirus pandemic. At the end of this long year of disappointment and frustration, it might feel difficult to look forward to and embrace the joys of the holiday season. How can your family celebrate and find new traditions to create that reflect the true meaning of this time.
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During these challenging times, gratitude takes on a new dimension. We have all had to go inward to appreciate the things that perhaps we did not pay attention to before the pandemic.
Our job as parents isn’t to provide certainty in a time of uncertainty. Our job is to help kids tolerate the uncertainty, to teach resilience, problem solving, creativity, and working together to create a peaceful harmonious environment.
Self-regulation is an essential emotional and cognitive capacity that we call upon in our daily lives in any situation that causes us challenge and discomfort. Self regulation (whether conscious or unconscious) reduces our level of distress and pain and reestablishes our equilibrium.
Blaming and shaming creates real impediments to families attempting to manage their “parenting” journey. This journey is a road with many twists and turns, adventures and transitions that are a part of family life.
Communication is the only way we can begin to truly understand what are children are experiencing - their outward behavior is their own way of expressing what they are feeling. How can we teach them to be authentic within themselves, and to have the words to describe their emotions in a safe, healthy way?
Carol Passmore, transformative parent coach talks about the opportunity we have as parents during Covid 19 to best help our children
Decisions about whether kids should be going back to school or not is creating a lot of uncertainty and paralysis and hindering the ability to make decisions OR extreme fear about safety.
The coronavirus has pushed us all into a state of extreme stress: what will happen next? Will my family be safe? When will we get back to “normal”? Lots of questions with very few answers just adds to our stress and pushes us into survival mode: reacting rather than responding; consciously or subconsciously.