PARENTING DURING A PANDEMIC

MESSAGE TO PARENTS

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PARENTS,
WE GET IT.

No one was prepared for parenting during a pandemic. For over two months of the initial quarantine, you were meeting the non-stop needs of the little humans living in your house. Then came the weirdest summer ever followed by a bizarre school year. We want to help you keep your spiritual sanity and parent well.

Parenting During a Pandemic Isn't for the Faint of Heart...

Prefer to listen? Watch our short video above. 

For many, parenting during a pandemic has meant losing support and routines that your whole family finds valuable. First you were navigating how to work from home and homeschool your kids. Then you were faced with a summer with kids at home and so many of their normal activities canceled. Now, your hopes of a new school year where everything goes back to "normal" have been dashed. Maybe you're overwhelmed and exhausted. Maybe you're feeling pressure to live your best pandemic life. Maybe you're excited about the chance to shake up your family's norm. Regardless, parenting during a pandemic isn't for the faint of heart.

None of us have done this before. Our hope is to support you as we figure it out together.

On this page, you'll find fun ideas for activities to do with your kids. And you'll find resources for you as a parent to support your efforts to parent well and to encourage you (and your whole family!) in your faith. Whether you're setting new goals, looking for screen-free activities, wanting to pray more with your kids, we're here to help! 

 

How Do YOU Parent During a Pandemic? Show Us!


Let's encourage each other on social media while we're parenting during a pandemic together this summer! Share photos, videos, stories, or just some words of encouragement and use the hashtag, #ParentingDuringAPandemic in your posts. 


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ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES

A huge challenge of parenting during a pandemic is coming up with ideas for how to spend your days. A lot more time at home might mean more boredom. But it could be a unique opportunity to try new things together. These activities for families are designed to help make parenting during a pandemic more fun for everyone!

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SETTING GOALS IN AN UNEXPECTED SCHOOL YEAR

To say this new school year is overwhelming is an understatement. Let’s set a hopeful tone by helping our kids get excited about the year with some new goals.

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JOIN US IN THE JUNGLE!

All year, early childhood will be learning about how God is faithful and keeps His promises. We encourage you to bring the jungle home with our Jungle Take Home! Click below to download.

TAKE ME TO THE JUNGLE

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FAMILY DEVOTIONAL TIME

Follow along The Crossing's current sermon series on Genesis with your family. For each day of this seven session family devotional, you'll find readings, prayers, discussion questions, and printable coloring cards.

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SPEND TIME WITH GOD

These daily email devotionals, targeted towards kids ages 10 to 14, include videos, discussion questions, scripture readings, and prayers to help your family connect to God and each other.

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PICTURE BOOKS ON RACE

How can we help our children understand and value those whose lives don’t look like theirs? Use this summer to read one or more of these picture books from a diverse set of important voices.

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FIND GRATITUDE

Use this activity to help your family refocus on the good in life. This printable 30 Days of Gratitude calendar is meant to help you and your family acknowledge all that you have to be grateful for.

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CHAPTER BOOKS ON RACE

This post shares ten chapter books that provide opportunities to learn from a diverse set of voices. These books are intended for upper-elementary and middle-school-aged readers.

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LISTEN TO AUDIOBOOKS

As you set off for a road trip or sit around the table to work on a puzzle or craft, listening to audiobooks can be one of the best investments of time together as a family.

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NEED THINGS TO DO?

Looking for ways to keep your kids entertained with social distancing keeping you at home more often this summer? Here are ten ideas for your family to try during this Coronavirus outbreak.

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RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

It can be hard for parents to find time for themselves at the best of times, let alone while trying to parent during a pandemic. We hope these resources for parents provide direction and encouragement for you to parent well and care for yourself. 

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VERSES FOR PARENTS

"Parents shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."  These ten verses, perfect for parents, provide perspective, encouragement, correction, and so much more.

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COPE WITH DISAPPOINTMENT

As we face an unusual season, what opportunities might be hidden inside disappointments and the big and small reminders that, as parents, we are not in control?

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WHEN KIDS DO WRONG

Spending time correcting our children the right way doesn’t just lead to the shallow, short-term effects of behavior modification. According to the Bible, this actually leads to life for our kids. 

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MAKE SUMMER COUNT

Summer 2020 is shaping up to look quite a bit different than years past. Here are four simple steps you can take to prepare yourself and your kids for your pandemic summer.

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EMBRACE THE TENSION

Struggling with the tension between your role as a parent and the demands of other responsibilities? In this e-book, you'll be challenged to embrace both life's joys and trials.

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AN INTENTIONAL SUMMER

As you think through your goals and schedule for the summer, consider these 3 planning tips that will make for an intentional and meaningful summer for your whole family.

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PASS THE BATON OF FAITH

God has given parents the task of teaching their children to know, love, and follow him for a lifetime. Learn four practical ways to pass on your faith to the next generation.

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TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT COVID-19

Parents would do well to think a bit more on the front end about how to talk to our kids about this global pandemic and the related issues we're all facing. 

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HOW TO WORSHIP ONLINE

View this time as an opportunity for your children to see their parents worship and learn the importance of gathering even when circumstances aren't ideal.

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PRAY AT BEDTIME

As we tuck our children in, not only can prayer be a calming routine, but it also teaches them that they can talk with the God of the universe anytime and that he is near.

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RETHINK SCREEN TIME

When we capitalize on screen time and use it as an opportunity to connect with our children, we are combining our influence with the influence of their media.

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