My children and I feel at home and at peace. The joyful work I do at The River Center is inspired and informed by my own family’s journey. But achieving this level of comfort in my town and in myself was a long process of radical self-care. I am not talking about bubble baths and spa days, genuine self-care can feel uncomfortable and frightening. It is about pushing your boundaries to do the very best for yourself: mind, body, and soul. After the pandemic and in this current world, many of us find ourselves in similar seasons of transition: personally, professionally, or as parents.
During these periods of upheaval, having an anchor- a healing space, either concrete or abstract, can help ease the transition process. But too often, we wait for things to happen to us, as opposed to going out and seeking what we need or want. This is when the rich tapestry of community resources can make a difference. So the question I ask you is, what are your needs and wants?
This fall, The River Center is excited to provide a full roster of new and continuing no-cost programming to the families and folks of the Eastern Monadnock region. We have several new programs this season, in addition to continuing favorites, that will hopefully fulfill some of your own needs and wants in your self-care journey.
For adults, we are excited to bring a Mid-life Mission Statement group which will help you find your purpose and joy in middle life. Similarly, our virtual Life Transitions Mindful Moments program will aim to support those of us in times of change. For our brain/body connection, we offer Now and Zen Yoga at the PTL. Finally, tailored for a more specific subset, I will be personally facilitating Untethered: a Divorce recovery support group that will meet on Saturday mornings twice a month.
We have many facets to our identity and being a parent is one of my many hats I wear. When my children were younger, the early childhood programs were a place where I felt seen and heard, and many of the friendships made there have lasted me (and my daughters) over a decade. Along with continuing favorites, the new early childhood programs include Small Fries Music and Messy Mondays, where young children, and their caregivers, can explore messy play and art in a safe and fun space.
If your children are a bit bigger, like mine now, we are running a Book Wizards book club for ages 8-10, and an Adventure Tabletop Gaming Group, a new and unique middle school program which will meet after school once a week at Maxt Makerspace.
While socializing our children and having them learn fun and new skills is paramount, parenting is a lifelong learning process. Our new programs, Parenting Siblings, and our virtual book club: Siblings without Rivalry can help to strengthen families and give parents the confidence they need in raising multiples. We are also offering a virtual grandparent support group, which has its own unique set of challenges and opportunities.
So when you think about signing up your children for enriching activities, or making the time for your own self-care, consider some of the free programming we can offer you on your journey to a fulfilling and rewarding season of life.
Written by Stephanie Latini