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Parenting During A Pandemic

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Parenting iStock News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

The pandemic has changed all our lives and for the last few weeks family members have been together at home due to self-isolation requirements. I have noticed that those who are experiencing a great deal of frustration are parents of school-aged children and their teachers who are not allowed to be together in school settings. Following are some of the concerns that I am hearing:   Many children do not have established routines and are sleeping in so miss their internet sessions with their teachers. Parents do not know how to help with the lessons assigned, especially the math. Relationships...

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Will It Ever End?

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

I remember when years ago I was working in a government agency. It seemed that staff was frequently complaining about change. They wanted things to always remain the same as they were. One day, in frustration I said, "If we didn't have change, we would all be chasing our supper with a bow and arrow"! Change can be frustrating, especially if it makes us uncomfortable and if there are difficult adjustments to navigate. But change can lead to positive results. I am from the "pre-tv" age. I have been able to see huge changes in technology, science and communications over...

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Who Can You Trust in This Pandemic World?

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year iStock News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

It's been several weeks since the world began a shut-down due to COVID-19 and I think we have all noticed a lot of confusing messages that have been circulating since then. Every one of us likes to have some control in our lives and "the unknown" can therefore become an enemy to the people. Since this started however, I have to be honest by saying that I don't think anyone has any really good answers to give us right now. There isn't an exact date as to when everything will open up again. The fact that there are different pockets...

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Distancing - Gift or Burden

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year iStock News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

This past week I had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by Canadian financial expert Benjamin Tal. This, for me, was like finding the lost piece of a thousand-piece puzzle! He started by describing the world as being "frozen." What an appropriate description! Schools are closed and so are most businesses. Layoffs and the need to work from home have left streets empty. Thoughts of buying or selling a house are just that - thoughts. The price of gas is extremely low, yet we are not going anywhere! Mr. Tal stated that the world will not change until an...

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Things to Ponder

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year Health and Fitness Health and Fitness_Mental Health iStock News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

The pandemic can be difficult to navigate and if we aren't careful, we might find that we are developing an anxiety disorder. It is very important that you not only remain physically healthy but also enjoy good mental health so you might find the following to help you. A little anxiety is a good thing because it can keep us sharp! It encourages us to prepare for a situation so that we won't make mistakes or look stupid and helps us to stay safe. Anxiety can be experienced by children, adults, seniors and animals. We learn from others and often...

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It Feels Like the 1950s

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_And More iStock News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

The pandemic that we have been experiencing has caused so many changes in our lives. I was thinking the other day that a lot of what we are doing reminds me of growing up in the 1950s:   Travel - I remember when, in grade eleven, my parents decided that it would be important for our family to go on our first major trip. We drove to British Columbia where we stayed with a family friend in his cabin on Vancouver Island. We spent a day at Stanley Park. You see, we didn't have a lot of money or opportunities...

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A Wonderful Role Model

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

In April Queen Elizabeth II celebrated yet another birthday. She is now 94 years of age! She and her husband, Prince Philip who will have his 98th birthday this year are isolated in Windsor Castle because of the pandemic. Now you may not be a monarchist but, at a personal level, one cannot help but admire the Queen for a number of reasons:   Work ethic - Elizabeth didn't expect to be the Queen of England but when her uncle David abdicated to be with his twice divorced American wife her father became King and she automatically was in line...

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Spring Isn't Cancelled!

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year iStock News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

I grew up in Saskatchewan but have to admit that winter isn't my favourite season. I always really look forward to spring and here is why:   Nature wakes up - Leaving my patio door open allows me to hear the birds singing and feel the warm breezes. Ice that trapped the river has melted, the trees are budding, and thoughts go to the planting gardens and crops. It is a time of new beginnings. Wardrobes change - How wonderful to be able to go outside without boots, scarves, hats, and jackets. These are replaced with flipflops and single layers...

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Noticing Positives

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

We are living in a world that can be scary and full of unknowns. Never before has there been anything exactly like the COVID-19 pandemic that has been terrorizing the entire world. Governments have followed recommendations of researchers and health experts in ways that have changed our entire lifestyles. At the same time, however, I have noticed that there are many, many positives that are occurring every day. Following are some of the things that people tell me they have been enjoying:   Time - Being required to respect physical distancing and working from home for those who can, has...

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Working From Home Efficiently

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

Okay, I admit it. I do not transition very well. For years I have built my business providing face-to-face sessions in my office. Now, due to the COVID-19 I have had to mentally and physically operated my practice from my condo. It took a few days until I was psychologically ready to do this. Now, however, I have a system and am quite comfortable with the new ways of serving clients. Here are some of the things for you consider so that you can successfully work from home:   Attitude - Being at home does not mean that you are...

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