Help for Stressed Out Families (Part 1) – Presence Cares Series

Increase in stress has become common among families where parents now have to work from home and kids have to learn from home because of the pandemic. Especially in these times, it’s important to remember how we as parents can affect our kids negatively if we are not careful to manage our stress. In Part 1 of “Help for Stressed out Families,” Dr. Kara Powell details the connection between parental stress and the stress of our children.

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Praying for Adjustment to The New School Year in the Pandemic – Presence Care Series

Presence Editing Team

With July almost ending, a new school year is right around the corner. Some families had hoped that with the warm weather, the COVID-19 situation would have been under control by now, and they could have resumed traveling and enjoying the summer break. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. In the United States, the pandemic has worsened in many states; in some Asian cities, the number of COVID cases has suddenly spiked with an increasing risk of community outbreaks. When will this pandemic end? What lessons does God want us to learn in the midst of this? These are often the questions that we ponder.

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Praying for the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being of Yourself and Your Family Members, and Social Adjustment after the Reopening – Presence Cares Series

Jennifer Wong

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the busiest groups has been the working parents with school-aged children. Every day, these parents need to juggle meal prepping, chores, homeschooling, and arranging activities for their children on top of finishing projects from work.  Staying home all the time limits personal space and time for oneself, and the busyness easily makes one pay less attention or care to the people and things happening around them. Also, one may get so exhausted that they let go of the time to nurture their souls and spend time with the Lord.

As businesses reopen and the stay-at-home order is gradually lifted, we need to pray for ourselves and our family members to adapt to the changes in our daily routines again.

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Mental Health & Self-Care in the Pandemic – Presence Cares Series

Lily Ma

According to a report from the CDC (Centers for Disease and Control Prevention) and other major healthcare organizations, the outbreak of COVID-19 has triggered the risk for more widespread mental health issues. KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation – an American non-profit organization that focuses on major health care issues facing the nation) conducted a survey in late March (see Figure 1). Nearly half of the people under shelter-in-place orders reported having negative emotions related to COVID-19. Even among those not sheltering-in-place, there are still 37% experiencing the negative impact of COVID-19 on their emotional health. I personally came across a good amount of people with anxiety and depression symptoms since the outbreak of the pandemic. Needless to say, the negative impact on those who have long been suffering from mental health issues is inevitable.

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3 Tips to Help Your Child Learn – Presence Care Series

Foreword: In light of the current COVID-19 situation, most schools have been ordered to stop in-person classes and move to an online format if possible. As a result, many parents have found themselves forced to homeschool their children for the rest of the school year. Below are tips for parents as they help their children learn from home. We hope as you understand your child better and his or her unique intelligence and learning style, you can help your child blossom and thrive in this time. 

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Tips for Living Smart Under The Pandemic – Presence Care Series

Presence Editing Team

The global outbreak of COVID-19 has greatly impacted our daily routine and even our emotional well-being. Are you feeling stressed or uneasy in some ways? Below you can find tips to conquer STRESS and live smart hopefully helping you find relief and strength in these days.

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Love is Sincere Listening – Presence Care Series

Editor’s Foreword: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, California, together with many other states and cities, have implemented stay-at-home orders since mid-to-late March. Suddenly people’s activities and gatherings have had to stop. With faces hiding under masks and people taking precaution through social distancing from fear of getting infected, we suddenly feel very distant from one another. For friends and families not living together, all connections have become long-distance ones. Feeling disconnected is somewhat inevitable. From Michelle, the author of the article below, we can tell that with love and care, plus sincere listening, long distance can actually promote a deeper level of communication and growth and not necessarily hinder relationship-building. We hope you can experience light and warmth as you read her article in this time of stay-at-home.

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Praying for Parents (4)- Praying for Parents’ Salvation and Spiritual Life

Elizabeth Hughes

I’ve had my fair share of challenges in my relationship with my parents. I thought as I got older that it would get better, that my parents would learn to respect me and naturally grow in grace and love. But I confess that this struggle has not gotten any easier as I’ve moved from one stage of life to the other. 

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