Moving Through Challenging Times
Successfully navigating these times requires more creativity and flexibility than usual especially for those families with children at home. My hope is that we are all finding some healthy coping mechanisms. I am sharing these resources to offer support.
Ideas for families:
- Create a family covenant about how you all agree to be at home together. Check out the picture of a covenant made by a UU minister and his family. You can read his article about this here: https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/parenting-pandemic/family-covenant
- Pay particular attention to ritual. As we stay away from our churches, we miss the rituals that are embedded in our time together.
- Create simple rituals at home. Light a chalice at meals and share joys and sorrows. Note other natural rituals emerging and repeat them. If your family doesn’t have a chalice at home, make one together using items you have on hand.
- Try not to shy away from expressions of sadness or grief. These are not normal times and it is okay to have these feelings. Give children, youth and yourself space to be sad or angry during check-ins or as part of Joys and Concerns. Avoid “everything will be fine” platitudes.
- Dear Parents: It Will Be Enough is a great article by a UU minister assuring us that it is unnecessary to stress about our children’s education during this time of crisis: https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/parents-it-will-be-enough-0
- This page contains a variety of articles that can be helpful for parents during this time:https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/parenting-pandemic
- Has a beloved friend or family member died during this crisis? Either from COVID19 or other causes. The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. This organization has a variety of links and resources which may be helpful: www.dougy.org
- Are you parenting children or youth with special needs right now? This excellent article by UU minister and UUA staff member offers helpful suggestions and additional resources:
People’s Church Pen Pals Program
- Please email Shannon Rench to have your kids exchange letters with other People’s Church kids! firstname.lastname@example.org
- For all ages, let’s send cards and notes to one another! If you don’t know how to get into the Directory at peopleschurch.net, please inquire at email@example.com so you can get access to addresses to send cards and letters to each other. What a simple way to brighten someone’s day!