Here’s how I hope to restore a personal sense of balance:
Spend Time in Nature
(I’m always looking for book suggestions, so leave a comment if you have a good one for me.)
Do My Good in the World
But here’s something my mama has always taught me: do your good in the world and let other people do theirs. We can’t possibly devote our lives to every single cause. Certainly we can care deeply about a magnitude of problems, but we each have a finite amount of energy to expend. What calls to you deeply? What won’t leave you alone? Focus on that. You can still donate time and money to others causes, but your good will be most powerful if it’s focused.
For me this means I will help as many parents as I can for as affordable of a price as I am able to offer. I will do my best to help parents on their own paths so that I can do my small part to assist in the rearing of a generation of children who value kindness, compassion, and who will know their inherent worth. You could say I’m playing the long game, I guess. Aside from that, I plan to march every time an opportunity presents itself, and I intend for my conservative congressman to know me by name.
You might be rolling your eyes at me. You might be thinking, “I’m sick of politics” or “What does this have to do with parenting?” Politics, particularly right now, have everything to do with parenting. Access to birth control directly affects who might become pregnant, changes in health care could financially destroy families. New policies on immigration, the marginalization of people of color, and a lack of services for those of a low socioeconomic status are all relevant issues that will directly affect parents and children. Sadly, denial about climate change is sure to impact future generations. At the very least every parent should be alarmed about the state of education.
If you are lucky enough to claim a certain amount of privilege, you might not see how politics affect our children (and they are ALL our children), but make no mistakes, the two are intricately intertwined, and our current political climate has ominous implications for the most vulnerable among us.