Compassionate Parenting through Challenging Times

Brooke's Daughters in Estes during Quarantine

A month ago, our hunkering down started. Since the very beginning, I have been acutely aware of how I will show up for my girls during this time and how I will offer anchors like the ones we have in our “normal” lives. Having breakfast together, giving hugs before they start school, asking about their day when they are finished, having dinner together, and our nighttime ritual of going to bed. There have been some added fun activities that I hope will be positively etched in their memories like, having lunch together, family bike rides, soccer games (adults versus kids, of course) and game nights. I am driven daily by making this a positive memory of their childhood because I think it can be.

This is not always an easy task. I am tired; tired from worry, uncertainty, processing every-changing information, and confusion. I have learned that I am one who is typically on the go and I am energized by that pace of life. This experience has been surreal for everyone in different ways.

For our family, it feels stressful and uncertain and at the same time the pause that we often wished for and craved. I must admit that I have said, more than once, "I wish I had a week to just be locked in my house to get it decluttered." I truly regret wishing for such a thing AND I have completely decluttered every room in the house! Now I am done and ready for life to resume.

I have so much compassion and empathy for parents navigating this experience. I would never claim to be a perfect parent, but I always want to show up for you in my promise to partner with you in raising competent, kind, and thriving children.

I wanted to take a moment to share some resources that I have found helpful for me. I often look to people that I respect to help me, especially at a time like this. Tina Payne Bryson continues to be a parenting guru for me, and she has graciously shared these short videos for support.



A Message for Parents from Tina Payne Bryson, PhD on Vimeo.

Fear Messaging vs. Safety Messaging

Two Things that Increase Chronic Stress and Two Things that Reduce it in Our Kids

Hit the Restart Button on Your Parenting 


We care deeply about our camp families and our hearts go out to everyone as we work to get through this challenging time. Please continue to reach out to others, keep your heads up, take good care of yourself and show up for one another.

xRjjBGVI- Talia K- Ellie