An open fire hydrant of love and grace: Parenting during COVID-19 Rudolf Rojahn, M.A., LMFT-A, Fatherhood Coordinator at Family Service Center of Galveston County and Galveston resident
The coronavirus has changed the way we live. Many of us are with our families more than ever. Families are delicate systems and can easily be thrown into crisis if the rules change overnight. In the best of times, this can be overwhelming, but when you add the pressure of disease, lost income, and lost coping mechanisms, our current situation creates the perfect storm for families to experience significant emotional damage, or even trauma.
Families are ideally a respite from the outside world; a safe set of relationships that allow us to recover from the difficult outside world. Unfortunately, the opposite is often true. People take their frustrations, fears, and anger out on the people closest to them. This toxic habit destroys relationships.
Don’t be afraid. Negative family dynamics are all about habits, and as the parent, what you decide to prioritize is what the family norm becomes. Here are a couple things to keep in mind:
This is a difficult time, which means our kids need love and empathy more than usual. Nurturing the relationships in our homes will help us all fare better now and after the crisis ends.
If you need someone to talk to, Family Service Center is here for you! Contact us at 409-762-8636 or www.fscgal.org.