Life’s storms often come unexpectedly, but sometimes you can see the dark clouds ahead. At that moment, you have time to prepare both yourself and your family. We have recently experienced such a circumstance and are still riding out the storm. Here is how our family prepared.
The family has to keep lines of communication open. Personally, I am not a verbal processor. I like to think things through and then announce my plan. That is not the best course of action. It is important to listen to one another and get everyone’s perspective. Everyone in the family, even children, need to understand what is happening, what is being done about it, and why it is being done. Of course, what is shared with a child should be age appropriate.
If the family does not have a budget, it is important to start one. Since the storm is a ways off, there is time to build some savings. If the storm means a loss of income, this is a must. Once again, communication is important. It should be explained to the children why the family cannot spend as freely as it once did.
Have Family Fun
It is not a time to hide in a storm shelter and avoid all contact with the outside world. Find family activities such as parks, museums, or special events that the family can attend. This period can be a time to build the family rather than stress the family out. We have enjoyed finding parks and taking long walks on trails together.
Keep the Faith
I realize that not everyone who reads this is religious and not everyone would agree with me about this. However, for those with faith, continuing to practice prayer, read scripture, and attend worship are great sources of comfort. The family of fellow believers can also be a great source of help and support.
These four activities have been a big help for our family as we prepared for a difficult time of transition. I recommend them to others as well.