I’m not sure why every year I get surprised by how swiftly August goes, and yet here we are again. I’m hoping you’re all able to still be firmly living in the moment, enjoying these hot days and not yet thinking TOO much about the fall. It’ll be here soon enough!
In the wake of this week’s events in Florida, many of us are hugging our kids a bit closer, a reaction we find ourselves having more and more often as these violent events become more commonplace. Though your child may not be aware of this week’s shooting, or may not be expressing an awareness to you yet, you may be wondering, “What do I say again if my kid brings this up? How do I explain this kind of violence to my 4-, 8-, or 12- year-old? How on earth do I reassure them?”
Communication is complicated. It always has been and probably always will be, perhaps because it requires skills that change as rapidly as a person's own development. Throw in technology to the mix? Things get easier in some ways (so many digital opportunities to communicate!) and arguably harder in many (so many digital opportunities for communication to go awry!).
The end of the year is fast approaching, and the theme of transitions has been on my mind lately. Actually, I've been thinking about it for a while.
Anxiety is a topic that I deal with on a daily basis in my job (and life!), and it never ceases to fascinate me. I find myself searching, not just as a professional, but also as a mother, for new ways of approaching worry in a way that can be consistent across developmental stages.