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by Mandi Hart
 

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A VUCA world and parenting, what a combo!

A VUCA world and parenting, what a combo!

Parents, it’s wild out there. 

“What do you mean”, you say? I’m not sure how you feel, but to me, the world is shaking. It’s a VUCA world for sure.  A VUCA world stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous environment. Doesn’t that describe how things are right now?

It’s hard to parent when the threats are real. And in a time of VUCA, we need a fresh mindset, a new skillset. Many are describing the times we are living in as an age of too much.

Intentional parents use these five techniques

Intentional parents use these five techniques

Parenting with intention is not an easy feat. It takes time, effort, and dare I even say, planning.  No-one is ever quite ready – every parent is caught off guard time and again. I think we have moments when we realize, “WOW, what am I doing” and then we take a deep breath and carry on. But I do
love being a mom. I wouldn’t change it for anything in this world. 

How to fight compassion fatigue in the time of Covid-19

How to fight compassion fatigue in the time of Covid-19

Compassion fatigue happens when your heart can’t take any more pain because of what you are seeing or experiencing from the world around you. It affects more people than you realize. It is when the broken state of the world and the sheer number of things requiring your compassion become too much, and you eventually reach a state of numbness, even apathy. 

Five ways to stay the ’emotional tsunami’ from Covid-19.

Five ways to stay the ’emotional tsunami’ from Covid-19.

Our future leaders are in our homes today. Love them well and see our children thrive.

A clinical psychologist, Suntosh Pillay, working in the public sector in KwaZulu-Natal expressed a view in an article on City Press that the Covid-19 has caused an “emotional tsunami”, which places another stress on an already tense society.

“We must never talk about keeping people physically healthy without a parallel conversation about keeping people emotionally well. We need to keep [the] conversation around mental health alive on all levels,”

Courage to dream again is possible.

Courage to dream again is possible.

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” Michelangelo 

Every single person is born with gifts and talents. This combination is unique to your makeup and wiring, and you have much to offer this world. These seeds of potential lie dormant until cultivated, but our lives often head in a direction where we find these seeds hidden so deep inside that all seems lost.

“I have absolutely no idea what to think about or dream about.” Does this sound like you? If it does, take courage, you are not alone, and I hope that this post will inject you with a glimmer of hope to begin to dream again.

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