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Parents Forum Newsletter | June 2, 2021 Cambridge MA, USA
  A Family... "a life jacket in life's stormy sea"

Andericus Jamesa Wagwau, Parents Forum Board Member
Nairobi, Kenya
  


For over one year the world has known nothing but pain, agony and distress as COVID-19 hit where it hurts most: human life. At the center of this pain lies an institution that has sheltered generations, the family, as it lays the foundation for our nations and holds societies together.  
 
The statistics of death in the daily news paint a grim picture that seems to be mere data, but there are lives attached to these figures. Each life lost represents a deep injury to the family. The role of the family, unchanged for generations, is to provide support from which we all derive our strength. Family is many things: a fountain that never runs dry, a compass that provides us with direction, and our refuge in the face of crisis.
 
As we recognize Global Day of Parents,
https://www.un.org/en/observances/parents-day
we also mark Fathers’ Day later this month. Fathers’ role is critical, especially in times of crisis. Viewed in most societies as a source of security, a father’s role goes beyond leadership. He is a beacon of hope whenever a family is ‘thrown in the deep end’ as so many families have been this past year.
 
As the pandemic wanes and life crawls back toward normalcy, let us not forget the collective healing that families both need and foster. This healing occurs only when we individually and collectively honor all parents and those in parenting roles. It is parents who create families, after all, and it is within families that parents provide comfort to the youngest and the oldest, as well as to each other, in the face of life’s storms.
 
      
 
The British author, J.K. Rowling once wrote, “Family is a life jacket in the stormy sea of life.” The choice to wear that life jacket, however, remains yours!
 

A note from the Editor . . . 

       Today, June 1st Global Day of Parents, I am very grateful to our board member, Jamesa Wagwau, for his contribution to this month’s newsletter. Most of all I am grateful for his friendship and support over many years. Nearly two decades ago his column on parenting, in the newspaper Kampala New Vision, was brought to my attention by a Ugandan student who was then renting a room in my home.
 
        That introduction led to our co-writing an article, ‘Listening to Parents’ which appeared in the Drum Beat in 2006:
https://www.comminit.com/global/drum_beat_350.html
 
and later to our co-writing, with Junko Isumi, ‘Our Call for Universal Parenting Education’ which appeared in the Communications Initiative:
http://www.comminit.com/global/content/our-call-universal-parenting-education
 
        Hardly a day goes by that I do not read or hear a story about the acute mental health needs of young people and their parents. I hope you will want to support Hopeful Futures Campaign, promoting young people’s mental health, described in this USA Today article…
        https://bit.ly/3uvtIz2
recently launched and sponsored by Inseparable…
https://www.inseparable.us/get-involved/
It’s true! Physical and mental health are inseparable.
        @WeAreInseparable
 
        Thanks for reading! Please let us hear from you and have your say in a next issue of Voices of Parents Forum.

 
Eve Sullivan
Founder, Parents Forum 
Cambridge, MA USA 

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