These are challenging times for all of us, including our children. As adults we are affected differently by the coronavirus chaos than children. Schools are currently online, people are losing their jobs, and children are asking questions, a lot of questions. Of course, it is affecting my children. They want to know when they can go over to their friend’s house.
Also, they are ready to go back to school. My pre-teens and teens are complaining that they want to go out to places like the mall and movies and unfortunately these places are not open. Now as parents, my husband and I are doing everything that we can to keep our children occupied. They have indoor games, outdoor games, videogames, Netflix, and the list goes on. Although, I have noticed that now and again, they seem down, and I know they miss their regular life.
However, I don’t hide anything from them, and we all watch the news together. Of course, they have expressed their fears and anxiety about the coronavirus. I decided to share some phrases of encouragement with them. As a parent, it is my job to encourage them no matter what we are facing in our lives. I have listed 15 phrases of encouragement and how I explain them to my children below.
Phrases of Encouragement…
“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
– Christopher Reeve
Explanation: When I read this phrase to my children, I explain to them that they are all healthy, and the coronavirus is an obstacle that we will overcome. The world we will persevere.
“Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.”
– Dale Carnegie
Explanation: You are in control of fear; it is all in your mind.
“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come.”
– Zig Ziglar
Explanation: Hold on in troubling times because something good is coming. Even though we are going through this situation, we believe the best is yet to come.
“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”
– Charles Spurgeon
Explanation: Don’t worry about tomorrow because it takes to much of your energy today.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Explanation: Face your fear and tell coronavirus you don’t scare me, then move on.
Encouraging Phrase for Worrying……
“Worry a little bit every day, and in a lifetime, you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.”
– Mary Hemingway
Explanation: Worrying will cause you to age quickly, and it will not solve the problem.
“Time spent undistracted and alone, in self-examination, journaling, meditation, resolves the unresolved and takes us from mentally fat to fit.”
– Naval Ravikant
Explanation: Take advantage of this time; use it to reflect on yourselves.
“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Explanation: First you have to believe peace lives within you. For instance, If you feel overwhelmed, take a moment, and breathe. Do something that you like to do.
“I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.”
– Steve Maraboli
Explanation: There are some situations that may seem to be more chaotic then it is. However, when this happens, turn off the media and do something that makes you happy.
“You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”
– Wayne Dyer
Explanation: We cannot control what is happening outside of our home. Of course, all we can do is take care of our household. Making sure we are eating correctly, washing our hands properly, and cleaning our house appropriately.
“Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Explanation: Being afraid keeps you in the past and worried about tomorrow. Live for today and appreciate what you have. Take life one day at a time.
“The only way out is through.”
– Robert Frost
Explanation: Sometimes the only way to get through a situation is to just grit your teeth and go through the process.
Act the way that you want to feel.
– Gretchen Rubin
Explanation: If you want to be happy despite what is going on around you. Be happy, think happy thoughts to get through fear or worry.
“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world — not even our troubles.”
— Charlie Chaplin
Explanation: For example of surviving a virus in the past I compared the Spanish flu to the coronavirus and explain that people survived the Spanish flu and we will survive COVID-19.
“While fear depletes power, faith gives wings for the soul’s elevation.”
― T.F. Hodge
Explanation: As a result of letting fear take over it makes you powerless. Of course, having faith gives you power. Hold on to your faith and you can rise above anything.