Let’s be real: Holiday Season 2020 does not look the same as years prior and, hopefully, like the years to come. We are in this unique spot in our history where have to slow down, to protect our health, and to re-frame the way we experience Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.
And, listen, there is a ton of great advice out there for practicing self-care and processing our feelings/thoughts/emotions about the whole thing. This is not one of those posts.
This post deals with what our families need from us as parents, as their leaders.
Here’s what they don’t need: lament about what we are missing out on, complaining about what could have been, whining about how unfair the whole thing is. Not helpful. In this turbulent time, our people are looking to us for reassurance that everything is going to be okay—that we can still embody the spirit of the holidays, even if things look real different this year. In short, as Glennon Doyle tells us: we need to serve the dang peanuts.
Being the leader of a family isn’t easy, but it’s essential. Let’s resolve to lead with peace and maturity, rather than disappointment and throwing in the towel. We can do it; we always do.