Note: This is Part 1 of a 2 Part series. Attending both is recommended but not required.
Being a parent is hard enough but when we lose our parenting partner, the challenges can be overwhelming. We just can't be in two places at one time. What was once a familiar routine can seem like chaos. Our children may act out or regress in their typical development. There may be difficulties with extended family members. Then of course there is the grief in its many forms: sorrow, anger, a glimpse of hope and then back into the darkness again. And trying to hold it all together, to be strong, for the children we love and are now solely responsible for. There are so many decisions to make and we can feel very alone.
Well, you are not alone. There are others who are walking along beside you. Together, we have strength, resilience and hope.
This class will bind us together in our parenting journey and discuss issues that are common to the experience of widowed parenting. We will laugh together and maybe even cry together. And we will learn together as we focus on practical, time-tested, evidence- based tools and techniques for calming the chaos and raising resilient children.
Part One will discuss:
- The role that grief plays (yours and your child's) on parenting responses
- Parental Self-Care: the foundation for healthy families
- How to match the kind of support you get with the support you really need
- Use systems and routines to create consistency and reduce chaos