By Abby Glaser
Hi, my name is Abby, and I hate change! I am a creature of habit and routine. I love predictability, schedules and knowing what will come next. I follow the same routine every day. I’m also the mother of five children so you can imagine how much work it takes to maintain that!
Due to these quirks of my personality, you can probably imagine how difficult aspects of the COVID epidemic have been for me! Working from home, overseeing my children’s education and all the other changes and adjustments have been a challenge. Now we’re 18 months in and transitioning back to the office and school! Some of you, like my husband, may thrive on change and adventure so this is easy for you! But if you are like me and struggle with it, I would like to offer a few tips to navigate!
Lastly, open the lines of communication at home. If you have kids heading back to school they may be feeling the same anxieties. For many kids the back and forth we’ve experienced combined with a lot of unknowns about the upcoming year can be difficult for kids. As with adults, often kids benefit from just talking it out with someone. Listen to them, don’t try to fix or downplay their feelings and share that you are there for them!
At the end of the day, we are all doing the best we can to navigate this new world. There will be moments of uncertainty and fear. We have gotten through hard times before and we will continue to do so together!
Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.