Navigating the new normal
During this unusual and challenging time, we are grappling with a “new normal” which requires patience, compassion and much support. Uncertainty can cause stress and anxiety, fueling worry and uneasiness. We may feel out-of-sorts, tired and overwhelmed; these reactions are quite normal during this unprecedented event.
We encourage you to show yourself and those around you as much grace and forgiveness as possible, as everyone deals with change and hardship differently. Children often and unknowingly pick up on and react to the feelings of those around them. They may respond in a variety of ways, including seeking more attention, exhibiting hyper-activity or increased energy, displaying decreased patience or heightened anger, demonstrating regressive behaviors, or possibly withdrawing. Children will benefit from your calm demeanor and increased connection with you, as well as having as much routine and rhythm to their day as possible.