Amongst a raft of other challenges, the events of 2020 have made it tricky to plan ahead. And just when we thought it was safe to venture out and take confident steps into the future, turns out it wasn’t. If you’re looking for an appropriate approach to life in 2020, you could try ‘One day at a time’. Personally I’m leaning on the slightly more poetic ‘Hold everything lightly’.
That’s all very well for the grown-ups, but for our kids – all this uncertainty is hard to stomach and a cliché may not be enough to calm the storm. (Sorry, now we’re using layers of cliché!)
So how do we talk to our kids about a future that is so uncertain? Openly, compassionately and empathetically is the short answer. Anxiety and stress are understandable responses in our current climate and our first priority as parents is to simply be there for our kids – to listen and to act as a buffer for those inevitable big feelings.