Think back to the beginning of the term.
Handing out learning parcels in the Primary Campus as parents drove by and kids waved. Tentatively accepting back our Year 11 and 12 students, while the rest were learning from home.I hope it’s not too soon to make this call. Once again, watching the news, I feel glad and safer in WA.
It has been a long term and a long and wobbly road back. On a global scale, we’re still nowhere near out of the woods. We’ve all had to cope and we’re all tired. I think it’s safe to say that. As we work with students and families, the sense of tiredness and shared anxiety is palpable.
As the holidays draw near, I want to consider some elements with you around anxiety:
1) It’s coming from everywhere
Friends and family all over the world are having frightening experiences with COVID. It’s usually first and last on the news. Many families have been thrown into real difficulty with the economic downturn, and the pundits are talking about recovery taking time. The key elements of fear and uncertainty have coenveloped our world with the pandemic.
2) Please be aware
Children are more receptive and aware than we often realise. They sense the atmosphere and pick up conversations and often feel more than they express. Anxiety is silent and creeps up on you. The analogy of “boiling the frog” is so true. You and your family are more affected than you realise.
3) Please be intentional
Take time to be intentional about the atmosphere of your home. Speak more words of encouragement and hope. Your words build your world. Find things to be thankful for. Have good conversations with your children. These work best while you are doing things together rather than sitting in a silent circle and saying, “let’s talk”. Help them unpack and understand.
Build some wonderful family experiences together over the holidays, good times and good memories are great medicine.
Have a great holiday, rest well, and enjoy good times together. How good are three weeks of holidays 😉
"Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary."