Being the Filter for Our Kids During This Time
Updated: Apr 14, 2020
Topic: Our conversation was inspired by a headline we saw “Parents, you are the filter through which your kids see this crisis. How you talk about it matters.” How do you manage the filter when you are overwhelmed with juggling 5 different roles, scared by what you see in the news, dealing with those close to you being affected in so many ways, worried about having enough groceries and supplies. This is a tricky balance for sure.
Here are some key takeaways from our April gathering:
Gratitude/Perspective: Being grateful for what we do have and are able to do VS the challenges, can help reset our minds at the end or beginning of each day.
Being Present: Focusing on what you are doing in the moment and not all the things you haven’t done or still need to do, can help bring calm to our minds.
Redefine Productivity: We need to redefine what productivity means now compared to what it used to mean before the stay at home orders. It’s not about accomplishing something great and big - it can be as simple as: helped kids with their school assignments, made 2 meals, got 30 minutes of exercise in.
Focus on What You Can Control: We can only change what we can control. Right now there are a lot of things we do not have control over. We have to let the things that are out of our control go.
Go with the Flow: Having rigid expectations of how our day should go, can lead to frustration and disappointment.
Start New Traditions/Hobbies: Great time to bond with our kids by starting new traditions & hobbies. Could be something as simple as making homemade chocolate chip cookies,
Exercises/Activities for Our Kids
Positive Visualization: Do an exercise with your kids where they are visualizing staying strong and safe and healthy VS the virus making people sick.
Picture Board: Many parents are doing lots of new things with their kids. Put up a picture board with drawings or pictures of all the new things you have done or learned or experienced together
We are not alone. We are all sharing a universal experience - our fears, our struggles, our stress, our anxiety.
This is an opportunity to get back to the basics and simplify our lives
Kids and parents are getting to enjoy play and slowing down
Kids are thriving by leading their own routine
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