Living In Your New Normal (Part 2): Adjusting

The Honestly Adoption Podcast- Season 17, Episode 136

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for the human race. It has especially left its mark on foster and adoptive families. After the grieving process is in full swing, how do you and your children adjust to the new normal?

If your family is anything like ours, the grief over a new normal set in pretty fast. Graduation ceremonies, prom, spending time with friends, going to the mall, grabbing a cup of coffee, even going to the movies…all gone in a flash. But after the grief is in full swing, we must begin to adjust to a new way of life. How can we lead our children in this effectively as effectively as possible? We discuss in today’s episode. Listen now…

Living In Your New Normal (Part 1): Grieving

The Honestly Adoption Podcast- Season 17, Episode 135

The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe and changed life as we know it. For our families, it has brought about a deep sense of grief, and added trauma. How do we navigate this with our children? In this new 3-part series, we discuss the pandemic openly, but also share some practical ways to move forward in this new normal.

Hanging out with friends in the neighborhood, graduation ceremonies, birthday parties, going to the mall, attending sporting events, spring break, being able to leave your house when you want to, the list goes on and on! COVID-19 has changed the scope of human life, potentially forever. For our families, it’s brought about deep feelings of loss, anxiety, and grief. We are grieving the loss of what was, and even the loss of what’s to come. For our children, it means a resurgence of grief from everything they’ve already lost in their lives. How do we navigate this with them? How do we handle our own grief as we help them process? In today’s Part 1 episode, we discuss openly. Listen to the episode: 

In The Middle Of A Crisis, Our Families Are Strong!

We are living in unprecedented times right now. Some of us parents are being tested to the limits of what we thought was possible. And yet, we are surviving. Step by step, day by day. There’s a reason why…

The first couple days for me were the typical shock factor. Then the shock wore off and I had a moment of peace. I realized…I’ve been here before. Not exactly in the same circumstances. But similar enough.

How To Help Our Children Navigate The Trauma Of Coronavirus

The Honestly Adoption Podcast- Season 17, Episode 133

We are in unprecedented and uncharted territory with the Coronavirus outbreak. In fact, the landscape of life is changing quickly because of it. How do we help our children navigate the anxiety, stress, and added trauma of all of this?

If you’re anything like us, it’s been a week. We’ve all mostly stayed at home, helplessly standing by while school gets cancelled, spring sports get postponed, church services cease, and life as we know it changes day by day. And, it may be far from over. In the middle of this added stress, is the added fear and anxiety that children, who have a trauma history, are experiencing. How do we help them navigate through this? How do we, as caregivers cope? In this special episode, Mike offers some advice. Listen now…

How To Empower Your Children To Grieve

Perhaps this post is timely given the current, and rapid moving, changes our children are navigating through right now. The fact is, our children carry a lot of loss with them. How do we empower them to grieve this?

Our children often hesitate to show and share emotion because they have not had a safe place to do that in the past. They may keep hard parts of their story from us because they are afraid we will think less of them, that we will think less of their first family, or that we will not be able to handle the knowledge of the sad things.