The world recently celebrated Easter and Passover. Both holidays represent much-welcome hope in the midst of sadness and death, a timely theme.
These are my three greatest hopes for the many wonderful people, especially the families, who are part of Families as Allies. I hope they feel real and make a difference, even on the days that are dark and confusing.
I hope that you will recognize what you have accomplished. You have likely been asked to take on all kinds of roles teacher, chef, financial wizard that you didnt sign up for and that no one could do, especially all at the same time. It is okay if you do not do them perfectly or if you do not do them at all on some days maybe even most days. But you are still here, and you are helping you and your family get through each day. That is huge. Give yourself credit. Be as kind to yourself as you would be to someone else in your shoes.
I hope you will have moments of joy with your children. Things are frustrating, maddening and scary right now. In the midst of all that our children will do what children always do: in the moments when we least expect it, they will do something we did not know they could do, say something that is beyond what we knew they could think or simply make us laugh. Enjoy those moments and your child.
I hope you will not feel alone. We all need to feel connected to others, especially in trying times. Families as Allies is offering opportunities to connect with us and with others you can read about those in the rest of this newsletter. I hope you find those things helpful, but my greatest hope is that through whatever way works for you, you will have that basic human connection with and feel understood by at least one other person.
One of the many challenging issues that arises during a pandemic is how resources should be distributed if they become scarce. Facing the possibility of scarce resources can be frightening for families of people with disabilities who wonder if their loved one will have the same access to life-saving medical equipment that others have.
This webinar recognizes the importance of families to their childrens development and gives helpful tips on how parents can support their childrens behavioral health in general but also as families deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.