Stop asking, “Wasn’t Las Vegas enough?” “Wasn’t Sandy Hook enough?” Because we should never ask that when one is too many. Instead let’s ask a question that moves us all towards action. “How can dignity inspire us to do small yet powerful acts that make my community safer?”
For a year we have been creating and maintaining boundaries with other people in ways we never had to before. While these boundaries have protected our physical health, they have also often created social and emotional boundaries that hurt our emotional well-being.
Here are some principles to set boundaries and find meaningful connection with people during this pandemic holiday season.
We asked high school and college students around the world about their experiences navigating remote learning and the impact of COVID-19. These young people share with us what they miss most, what they are enjoying, the challenges they face, and the adjustments they’ve had to make to this new world.
Why is the conversation around reopening schools so contentious for educators? The answer is simple: their dignity is being violated.
Focusing on benefit of the doubt and fairness will prepare your community to have better conversations about current events as well as increase your community’s ability to manage discomfort when discussions make people uncomfortable.
What if we shifted the way we talked about, thought about, and viewed teens? What if we took them and their concerns seriously? What if we stood up to other adults, especially adults in positions of power, who mock and dismiss young people’s thoughts and opinions?
Using dignity as a framework to navigate conflict and analyze behavior requires a radical shift in thinking. Here’s how we start.
No parent can manage their lives perfectly. It wasn’t possible before covid-19 — despite our curated social media posts to the contrary — and it’s not possible now. Trying to be the perfect parent has always distracted us from being the parents our children need us to be: people who can acknowledge our struggles and mistakes with messy grace.