No Non-cents Nanna on Making Good Choices

Life is about making choices that may keep us constant; improve our lives or make things more difficult. The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 is now forcing us to make choices we never had planned to make.

No one chose to get infected with a novel virus.

Unfortunately, not everyone who was contagious made good choices to self-isolate by staying home. So, we are at where we are with children staying-home-from-school and with parents uncertain of how the bills will get paid.

As parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, neighbors it is our job to help each other, especially our children to stay calm. We all have a job to do to help one another by doing our best to stay at home: a very good choice.

We may not like having to stay at home from school or work. We will have emotions that we would rather not chose to have- that is OK.

Parents will have to sit down to tell their children that we CAN still do many things to do though our choices are now limited. We CAN make the best of this situation.

What are some choices we can make while we wait out this crisis?

  • chose to wash our hands when we should
  • choose to be kind
  • choose to keep learning new things every day
  • choose to start a new habit
  • choose to keep up healthy routines
  • choose to communicate effectively
  • choose to listen to and follow directions to stay safe.

There is no better time to talk to our children about community helpers.

  • Do you know how and when to use 911?
  • Do you know how to find resources by calling 211?

“In times of crisis, a timeless quote from the late Fred Rogers tends to emerge again and again on social media: “Look for the helpers.”

His mother reminded him to find these people in times of tragedy and anxiety, and it continues to ring true because of the man who made the comment.

“You can always find people who are helping,” he said. Fred Rogers died in 2003.”

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