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Iroquois Principal's Corner — April 21, 2020

I recall growing up and watching and listening to my parents. When they were relaxed, I was relaxed. When they were sad, I was sad. When they were angry, I was usually nervous. When they laughed, I laughed. Maybe you can relate, but I see my parents in a lot of my own behaviors. Some of them are a little bit scary!

The truth is, our kids are watching us. They are listening. In the midst of this quarantine, our kids are watching and listening way more than what has been typical. Not only that, but they are seeing us parents have to navigate a circumstance that is quite unique. This circumstance can lead to frustration, anger, and sadness. Remember, our kids are watching and listening. 

So, here are some of my hopes for you, parents, today and every day that might relieve you from any frustration, anger or sadness that might be going on: 

  • Remember, today is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it! 
  • Each day is an opportunity to start over. Maybe yesterday wasn’t so red hot, so remember you get to start over today or tomorrow. 
  • Look for one good thing every hour. 
  • Appreciate small things and share your appreciation of those small things with your kids.
  • Go for a walk, bike ride or sit in the quiet for a few minutes. Do this with your kids, but make sure you do them alone as well. You need to have some solitude. Even Jesus found solitude. It’s important.
  • Pray. Pray when you’re frustrated. Pray when things are going well. God is listening.

Moms, dads, and friends of our kids, you are doing an AMAZING job. Thank you for all you are doing for those special young people you have at home. Our young people are a gift from God and a most precious gift at that. Keep up the good work and hang in there. I am cheering you on!

—John Barkel