- Take time to play. No matter how difficult life gets, kids know when to take a break. Grown ups need them too!
- Know when to ask for help. When kids get overwhelmed they often turn to a friend or grown up for guidance. Don’t expect yourself to handle everything. Reach out if you need it. This is not the time to start practicing ‘rugged individualism’.
- Tell it like it is. Kids never sugar coat anything. If you don’t know an answer to something admit it. It’s better to say that you don’t know than to make up elaborate explanations for things. It’s more stressful to trying not to get caught in a lie.
- Find something joyful every day. Children find pleasure in the smallest of things. Unfortunately, we are living in a time when it seems that beauty is being bombarded by brutality. The beauty is still there; we just need to look harder for it.
- Take time to laugh. There is nothing more infectious than the sound of a child’s laughter. It is okay to laugh. Humor is one of our greatest coping mechanisms.
- Focus on what’s really important. Kids know how to zoom in on the things that matters. Forget the petty stuff. In the scheme of things is it really that important that your child left the cap off the toothpaste?
What it the best lesson that you have learned from your children? Do share…