What a difference a few months can make.
Normally, at this time of year, we’d be planning camping trips, pool parties and days at the beach. Instead, we’re dealing with the stress and anxiety that stems from the COVID-19 pandemic. This unprecedented situation has been extremely tough on both parents and kids.
Many people have been laid off from work, and household finances are under incredible strain. Frontline workers put their lives on the line every day, and kids are forced to carry on their studies at home, with fewer opportunities to connect with friends. Frustrations can easily bubble to the surface to say the least.
At Grey-Bruce Kids we’ve adapted to the crisis as best we can. Out of an abundance of caution, we’ve decided to pause print distribution and make our Summer 2020 issue available exclusively online.
We’ve also pulled out all the stops to provide the same engaging content you’ve come to expect. In this issue of the magazine, our friends at Penetangore Wellness share some helpful tips about managing your mental wellness during COVID-19 (Page 4). Also, Ruth Montgomery provides some invigorating tips about reconnecting with your inner child — a great way to shake off stress and embrace the benefits of play (Page 14). We’ve also included a comprehensive list of homeschooling resources (Pages 18-21) to make educating your little ones go, hopefully, a little more smoothly.
On a more serious note, Jon Farmer and Chelsea Donohue, from Violence Prevention Grey Bruce, provide a sobering look at human trafficking (Page 8), and it’s not just a big-city problem.
As we navigate these incredibly difficult times, please be encouraged. We’re in this together, and all of us are stronger than we realize.
If you need help, reach out to the social service agencies in our Resources section (Pages 30-33). Call a friend to talk through your frustrations, or write about them in a journal.
This crisis won’t last forever, and we’ll be stronger than ever when we get to the other side.