Lockdown had its challenges. Each time we went into lockdown, it certainly took me a while to cycle through my big feelings – resistance, denial, anger, sadness and acceptance – and only then was I able to get into a new rhythm and find myself a bit calmer.
Lockdown has taken quite a bit from us, especially in terms of freedom and the choices we can make. We still live with uncertainty and some of us have become fixated with daily checking of numbers and percentages. When stuck at home isolating, or jobs are harder to do and I really miss my colleagues and my spacious office desk.
But I think there’s also some give with the take. I do see an invitation sitting alongside the restrictions of lockdown and self-isolation.
I work with parents and get to hear about their typical daily challenges. I also get to hear some of parents’ deepest hopes and dreams for their children. Often, what they share with me is a strong hope that their children will be resilient and learn to manage life’s tough times.
You’ve probably already guessed what I’m about to say... Yes, it’s true – I really do think lockdown and Covid-related challenges are a handy opportunity to guide our children on their journey towards lifelong resilience. Here are three ways we can give our kids – and their growing resilience – a helping hand: