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Category: Parenting during the Pandemic
Pockets of Predictability--Blog 1 of 10
The demands of being a parent can feel relentless. Frequent meltdowns wear you down, and leave you feeling powerless to stop them, but you are not. Today, Lynn and I offer you four effective strategies to lower stress by preventing some of the meltdowns from occurring in the first place.
How does one care for children, especially young children, AND complete paid employment tasks?
If severed support lines and ever-increasing demands on your time are leaving you feeling overwhelmed, you are not alone. Added to the viral plague is a mental plague – a sense that no matter how fast you run, or how much you do, you are not doing enough. Combine the two forces and the mere act of rising in the morning becomes daunting. How can you be kind to yourself with these foes at your door?
Music reduces stress – supposedly. That is until you attempt to get your child to practice. It appears that the “shut down” stress response has struck even activities children have previously enjoyed. The announcement of practice time raises a chorus of; “I can’t.” “I won’t.” “You can’t make me!” “It’s too hard.” “I miss you.” “Stay with me.” And repeats itself growing ever more “forte.”
Children synchronize to our stress. Taking care of you, is taking care of your child.
What’s Happening? Why Children Suddenly Cling, Don’t Want to Be Alone, or Refuse to Dress, Walk or Feed Themselves.
The threat of coronavirus ignites both your child's and your feelings, but what are those feelings? How do you and your little one best cope?
Children synchronize to our stress level. That is why the best thing you can do as a parent is take good care of yourself so you can meet the needs of your children.
Perhaps it was the foot stomp punctuating the shrill rebuttal to your simple question that caught your attention today. Lately, it seems “normal” has been your child shrieking at you every time you ask her to do anything. How did this happen?