Just popping in today to share a helpful link with my readers and friends. Like many people, I've been feeling a little unsettled in the past year. The coronavirus, and now political uncertainty and a certain amount of national turmoil have all taken their toll. We lost a dear friend to suicide in December also, so our personal lives were impacted by that loss as well.
One thing that has really wrenched my heart during this past year has been the impact of all this stress and uncertainty on children. Children who were already being homeschooled have a bit of an advantage, of course. But this is not easy for them, either. They have the same concerns and fears as any other children; it's just that having school at home is normal for them already. Their routines have been affected, though, make no mistake about it, with regular activities and events cancelled or taking a much different form. For example, during the time when the guidelines of our state involved churches being closed for a time, my five-year-old granddaughter demanded to know "Why are we no longer going to church?"
At the beginning of the most stringent guidelines, my hubby and I made a conscious decision that we were going to continue to regularly see our local grandchildren, and yes, we were going to continue hugging them. Life is far too short not to see or hug people you care about. We have not once regretted that decision, and we believe it was a real benefit and help to the kids (as well as ourselves) through that time. We have also very much admired the way our daughters and other young moms we know well have kept life as consistent and happy as possible for their kids during these crazy times.
My hubby and I started subscribing to this newspaper in the fall. In a recent issue, I read this extremely helpful article: In An Uncertain World, What's a Mom to Do? . I was so encouraged and want to share this with all the moms and grandmothers I know. It contains ten very doable tips for making daily life simpler and more comforting and consistent for our kids and grandkids. Some are things we may be already doing, but it's a great reminder to keep on keeping on.
I hope this is a blessing to someone today. It surely was an encouragement to me.