Parenting is hard work! Being a parent—and an essential worker or family member of an essential worker—during a pandemic can feel even more challenging. Parents are trying to strike a balance between caring for the people they serve, their children, and themselves. They may feel worried or tired (or both). As a provider, you can help parents remember that they are super parents—capable of doing difficult things. Remind parents that there are ways to recharge their “super powers” and maintain a positive outlook.
Daniel is an EMT on Sesame Street. In this video he talks about his feelings and shares a few strategies that help him. Invite parents to watch this video and notice those strategies. After watching, encourage parents to take a moment to consider ways they might find a moment of encouragement and calm:
- Charge up. Just like Daniel, envision yourself as a superhero. Which super powers do you need to charge up on daily to care for your others, your family, and yourself?
- Breathe deep. Close your eyes and take a few slow, deep breaths. As you breathe, think of people you were able to help today.
- Give thanks. Practicing gratitude can help us keep a positive outlook. Each day, try jotting down three things you’re thankful for.