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New Rhythms

Author: Jeane N. Liburd, MA, CCLS
Published Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

There is something calming about what is certain. Our brains like what is steady and expected. As the seasons change, we often look forward to the crisp air, children returning to school , sports, and all that fall brings. We share memories of our favorite summer days, and, if you are like my family, hold on to as many beach days as possible. There is a push and pull that we have come to know and anticipate when seasons change. This season, however, we are adjusting to a fall with COVID-19. We are all trying to find our rhythm. It feels like being lost in a familiar place.

I have found that there is space between family and community that keeps the cadence going. As a family of five with three young children – ages 6, 4, and just shy of 3 – it has been our relationships that have sustained our adjustment to the “new normal.” We have a neighbor who patiently listens to my children over the fence while they talk about the “exciting” things that happened today. We have a dedicated mail carrier who my children affectionately call Mrs. Delivery. They wait for her daily.

We have friends and family who help us celebrate milestones, even while we social distance. I know teachers who are trying to find innovative ways to bring a lesson to life through the screen, and those who have already returned to the classroom, with masks, to educate and support their students.

Nurturing relationships soften the edges when times are tough and help us find meaning as we carry the weight of life’s stresses.

We are all parenting through a health pandemic, economic instability, and social unrest, yet there is still hope in the certainty of each other. I am convinced that grace and love flow through relationships and help us maintain the cadence we so desperately need right now. We can find beauty in the mess, resilience in the face of adversity, and light in the darkness together.

My hope is that as I share my parenting journey, you will be encouraged and see me as another supportive voice to cheer us on as we nurture our children and families.

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About Jeane N. Liburd, MA, CCLS

Jeané Liburd has worked in the field of child Iife since 2005. She earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and is trained in play therapy. She currently serves as an adjunct instructor for Liberty University. Throughout her career, she has provided services for children and families in various settings including hospitals, pediatric hospice, and community programs. The focus of her work is supporting children and families who have experienced illness, grief, and loss.