Most of us experience a real shock when
August rushes headlong into September, which slips into October bringing on new
schedules, shorter days, rain, homework, and the pain of life transitions for
ourselves and for our children! It
is no longer summer! I was not
ready to give it up! The kids
in our neighborhood are bemoaning homework, new responsibilities and trying to
squeeze it all into the day. Parents are facing the challenges of work and the need to help with
school and community issues - but also the specter of being ready for the
holidays looming on the horizon - not that far away! Teachers are doing their best to be excited about having a
job, and hoping that the budgets hold out, the programs expand and are not cut
any more. Most adults are
facing challenges of trust and trying to keep a positive frame of mind when our
country's leadership seems so negative and uncertain. We want to trust the future. We can structure our days and influence the kids and adults
around us by being hopeful.
It is a good reminder that we parents, grandparents, teachers and
all adults are needed to provide a firm foundation of hope for the future. Kids thrive when they know what to
expect. Adults thrive when they
too can trust in the future. So
what can we do to provide that framework of trust?
Be positive, and take a few minutes to mention the
good things each day with your children/students. Ask them to note one good thing that happened each day and
Get organized, Remind
yourself and the youngsters by keeping track on a daily calendar. Encourage them to maintain a daily routine, and do it yourself.
Make time for the things you
enjoy and encourage them
to do the same. Stay connected with family and friends,
sharing feelings, fears and concerns. Children need to see that we value
connection in our lives.
Turn off anxiety triggers - TV, internet, radio if they make you
anxious. Help kids do the critical
thinking that gives them understanding; reporting is often loud and uses alarming
language to get our attention. That also goes for talking amongst the adults about
school, work, community, local and national politics and events. I have trouble enough dealing with
constant, frustrating updates on my phone and computer!
Do your best for the
children in your life, you all need to take good care of
yourselves. Firmly demand that you and the youngsters in your life get adequate
rest, exercise and eat regular, balanced meals.
Enjoy the children! Delight in the everyday moments that bring you joy. Consider talking to a trusted health
professional or seeking other professional help if you have more questions or
need support. It is normal and may
add to your set of parenting/ teaching communication and personal skills!
Meditate, breathe deeply, pray - do the things you need. Research proves they are healing!