For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11
The pandemic has no doubt touched every aspect of our lives. From the way we communicate, live, and learn. Studies show that young people are facing challenging times and many of them are having a difficult time adjusting to this new reality. For parents, you may be asking yourself, what can I do?
- Listen to their concerns. Everyone wants to be heard, but oftentimes young people feel as though decisions are made without them. Young people have agency and often want to be heard if only we would listen.
- Remind them that it’s okay to not be okay. We are living in unprecedented times. From a pandemic that has shut down businesses, schools, and churches to a country having to face the history of systematic racism in an election season like no other. Yes, it is okay for all of us to be feeling anxious.
- Mirror help-seeking behavior. You may not know it but your child watches you. From the way you handle conflict, fear, and even pain. Establishing help-seeking behaviors at a young age start with you doing it first. Seeking help when you need it reminds your child that they do not have to do everything themselves. If you are seeking help during this difficult time remind yourself and your child that your community is here to support you. This can look different for many people, some may reach out to church leaders, others may seek therapy, or connect with a friend.
- Remind them of the power of prayer. It is by the grace of God that we are here today. Remind your child that God listens always. Daily prayers and devotions ground us in God’s mercy and grace. As challenging as it may be, every day we are reminded of the power of God in our lives. Pray as a family and encourage your child to do so even when you’re not there to continue building a personal relationship with God.