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General News · 9th April 2020
Dayna and CCHA Family Support

Resilience through Relationship

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Greetings Cortes Parents and Families,

How is everyone doing with this big adjustment to family life? I imagine you are experiencing the ups and downs of this abrupt isolation and change. Some days might feel like: “Wow, this is so great, my kids are helping in the garden, reading books and getting creative, this is amazing!" Some days might sound like this : “My kids are constantly squabbling with each other, the house is a disaster, I have to work and homeschool, and if I don’t get two minutes to myself I will go insane.” All is normal!!

I want to congratulate you for making it this far. We are a few weeks in, and it looks like we have quite a ways to go yet! The good news is that we have community, so let’s lean on each other and use this opportunity to support each other as best we can.

Desta Beattie, our Family Support Co-ordinator and myself , Dayna Davis are offering an online Zoom Parent Group which will begin this Saturday April 11.


Those of you who have been part of the ongoing Love and Limits parenting classes will know that our focus is building trust in our power to parent.

Right now, it is important to realize that we are the anchors that our children need, and that we have the power to set the tone within our homes. If there ever was an opportunity for connection and "reset” this is it! We are being stretched to grow in ways that might not have seemed possible before, and we can do it for our kids!

Resilience is built when we can feel our feelings of disappointment, frustration or whatever might arise – allow our sadness and receive comfort within trusted relationships. This signals to our brain that we have the inner strength to get to the other side. We can’t change what is happening right now, but we can use this challenge to build resilience in our children and ourselves. We are the key to our children’s resilience through hardship.

These sessions will give us a place to connect and to receive resources from the Neufeld Institute, which is supporting families in a big way right now. The Neufeld Institute provides a framework for understanding and working with challenging behaviors and seeing the big picture of relationship and child development in raising children.

THIS WEEK WILL BE A CHECK IN SESSION with room to share, vent, exchange ideas and stories, receive feelings and decide on some focus topics for upcoming sessions. Some possibilities for future sessions might be:

-working with fears and anxiety
-building resilience
-shielding from news overload
-big emotions of disappointment and frustration
-nature connection
-time outs for parents!
-co-parenting challenges
-sibling frustrations/ fighting
-working with boredom
-supporting our Teens
-trusting the power of PLAY
-creating daily rhythms

Please join us whether or not you have been part of Love and Limits or Neufeld courses in the past.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dayna Davis is a Certified Neufeld Institute Facilitator. She is part on the Neufeld Support team for their online courses. She has been a teacher for 30 years, working within Waldorf, Independent and Public schools and with homeschoolers in a variety of capacities. Dayna has been leading Love and Limits parent support groups and Neufeld courses on Cortes and Quadra Island for the past 4 years. She also presents Neufeld professional development courses for teachers in SD 72.