Cultivating a Climate of Care & Connection in your Home & School
To “cultivate” means to prepare, to raise, or to assist in growth; to improve or develop by careful attention, training or study; to devote time and thought to something.
If our home is the “soil”, our role as parents is to create a rich, fertile environment that promotes growth, health, and bountiful harvest; a daunting task in the face of a continuing and ever-changing world in the throes of a global pandemic.
If we are to be cultivators of care and connection in our home, we must first connect with ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally through a consistent practice of self-care. Cultivating care and connection in our home provides a safe, calming place for our children and adolescents to rest, grow, learn and heal. In a climate of unrest, unpredictability, and occasionally utter chaos relationships are critical to buffering against the harmful impacts of higher stress and distress.
This Parent Huddle will focus first on helping parents discover and rediscover the self-care practices that work for them. Self-care doesn’t have to be some grand, gigantic gesture that takes time and energy to plan and execute. Self-care happens in those small, quiet moments when we purposefully devote time and thought to cultivating a more balanced approach to life.
We will discuss how parents can charge and re-charge themselves so they can be cultivators of calm and connectedness, the importance of asking for help and support, and role-modeling the practices of calm, connection and care for our children and adolescents.