We are in the middle of a world-wide pandemic. Life is stressful to say the least. It’s uncertain, unstable, and unpredictable. And while there are varying levels of stress that families are feeling depending on their circumstances, most everyone is feeling some type of stress right now. So the question is, what do we do about it?
The answer is Practice Gratitude.
Dr. Brené Brown states "practicing gratitude is how we acknowledge that there's enough & that we're enough." In times of stress, it’s important to focus on what you can control. While many of the events that are taking place right now are things that we do not have control over, we can control our homes, what our family and children are exposed to, and how we respond to current events, mandates, news, and whatever else life throws our way.
“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness—it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” - Brené Brown
As the Fall approaches and pressure increases for families, be sure to care for yourself and others by setting reasonable expectations and having appropriate boundaries. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with thoughts about what work and school or day care will look like. Most school age children will be starting school online. While this may come as a relief to some, it certainly causes problems for working parents and raises concerns about our children falling behind or not getting what they need from a