Facing the Tiger

By Kelli Wild, Director of Building Families

How Would You React?

If you were walking down the street and saw a tiger coming towards you, how might you react?  Would you run? Freeze and hope it didn’t notice you?  Prepare to fight?

Without thinking your brain would immediately assess the risk of danger and the “survival” part would take over!  Fear would be the driving force.

For most people, the last year and a half has often felt like that walk down the street.  The “tiger” came in many forms.  And for those of you also parenting while facing tigers, life has been especially challenging! 

When we consider the needs of children, we often don’t talk enough about the stressors faced by parents. Understandably, parents who are stretched thin, exhausted, and stressed from facing layers of challenges may find it more difficult to offer a calm, nurturing presence.  Children sense the stress within their homes, and they often express their emotions through their behavior.   It can become a vicious cycle.

How We Seek to Help.

In the Building Families program, we provide family counseling that involves working with parents and children together.  We recognize that parents need support and new tools in order to properly address the “tigers” facing the family.  True change can occur when a family learns to work together so that home becomes a safe place that offers respite from the stressors of the world.  

As for me, it is my honor to support a team of professional counselors who are passionate about coming alongside parents and caregivers.  We wake up each day focusing our efforts towards empowering every family we serve. We know that when we enter a home, we do not go alone – God is already at work, fighting on their behalf.

Do Not Be Afraid

 “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” – Deuteronomy 3:22

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