Talking about death, grief and loss

As parents, we want to be able to help our children navigate the experience of losing a loved one, animal or human. When we lose someone or something we love, our response is grief. Grief is difficult to handle because it is not one emotion but many–sadness, depression,  bewilderment, despair, helplessness, loneliness, emptiness, meaninglessness, and […]

Parenting in Troubling Times

Hateful violence and calamitous natural disasters touch all of us. Hearing about about scary events can leave children feeling unnerved, angry, or shaken. One need not have directly suffered from a natural disaster to be frightened, angered, or upset by nature’s power to cause harm. Parents want to help our children emotionally and spiritually process what is happening in and outside […]

Talking to Your Child about Pornography

Studies show that, even if adults take measures such as limiting their Internet access, today’s children are likely to encounter sexually explicit images and pornography by the age of 10. Sexual imagery is so prevalent in advertising, on television, and on the Internet that even young children are exposed to it, despite adult efforts to […]

Create a Family Covenant

A covenant is a promise made in love.  The word “covenant” shows up all the time in UU spaces. We begin every church service by speaking our covenant, and we begin our learning gatherings at church by making a covenant about how we will interact. At its heart, a covenant is simply a promise made […]

Family Joys and Sorrows

Sharing of Joys and Sorrows “We listen to each other, it is a holy act To share our joys and sorrows, with grace it flows on back.”   Sharing Joys and Sorrows is a beautiful way for your family to share a simple ritual, listening deeply to each other for what is on the mind […]

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