In a time of uncertainty – like we are living in now with the Delta variant, climate crises, and social, gender, and economic injustice – establishing a new routine is a reliable, grounding practice. A routine is like a ritual – a practice that captures our attention, and in the act of doing it, gives us a sense of control and calm.
Nearly every family struggles to meet the demands of work, school, domestic responsibilities, and extracurricular activities. Combined with the unpredictability of another pandemic-influenced school year, many families are feeling anxious and overwhelmed. While external factors and uncertainties cannot be changed, there are things that can be done to mitigate their influence.
Teaching meditation, mindfulness practices, and positivity to children is fun and fulfilling. Children bring a sense of wonder and innocence to everyday practices that remind adults of the magic and smiles that come with connection.
While the world turned upside down during COVID-19, parents, teachers, therapists, social workers, families, and community leaders have had the added responsibility of keeping children physically and mentally safe, educated through virtual learning, occupied with restrictions and cancellations, and also healthy and happy amidst overall uncertainty.
The holiday season was meant to be the most inspired time of the year. It's an idealistic season when the outer world sleeps so that the inner world can flourish. The secret to making your holiday inspiring is actually quite simple. Be inspiring yourself.
As you shift into a new rhythm with your child, you may wonder how to structure the day, occupy your child, and encourage positive feelings amid uncertainty.
You likely spend Thanksgiving with your family. Although you are related to each other, that doesn’t mean you’re close. Whether they are your boon companions or people you tolerate, there are important reasons to be grateful for them.