The Dynamic Family
Today we are looking at a popular topic for families who are adjusting to the “new normal”. Family dynamics are complex and ever-changing, but as we find ourselves surrounded by our loved ones 24/7 in self-quarantine, we might also be noticing new family patterns emerging. Does one person in the family feel like they are responsible for more housework and homeschooling? Are siblings squabbling more? Is anyone self-isolating or clinging to people more? It is normal that the dramatic shift in daily life due to the pandemic would impact the family dynamics. This week, we will take these changing patterns as an opportunity to foster a greater sense of well-being within the family.
Anyone with a profoundly gifted or twice-exceptional child knows that, even on a good day, family dynamics can be difficult to balance out. Emotional intensity, asynchrony, and perfectionism might present themselves in more than one family member at any given time. Sheltering in place adds another layer of complexity to meeting everyone’s emotional, intellectual, and social needs.
However, it is crucial at this time that we think about how we are interacting with those closest to us and work through any challenges that have popped up. It may be a chance to celebrate what each person is contributing to the family or problem-solve what isn’t working. Here are a few different strategies to help your family achieve a more harmonious dynamic at home.
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