Ten Strategies for Coping with COVID-19

We talked to teachers, parents and other grandparents raising grandchildren starting the day schools were closed. Here some thoughts. No one can do all of these! Pick and choose strategies you find most realistic and useful.

Introducing Ties That Bind

JFRF is confronting issues impacting grandparents raising grandchildren head on with our new initiative, Ties That Bind. This program is our response to the growing issue of kinship caregivers (usually grandparents) who find themselves in the primary role of parent,...

Does Your Child Need a Chrome Book?

Portland schools are going online April 6. If your child still needs a Chromebook in order to access online learning, the new survey to request them is live. Please fill this out as soon as possible so that you will be added to the next shipment.  You can access the...

Need COVID-19 Information in Other Languages?

The internet is flooded with information about the coronavirus and COVID-19 illness. Most of this is in English. These translated Public Health Recommendations from Seattle & King counties in 12 languages are frequently updated. Please check back regularly. For...

#10 Use a Trauma-informed Lens

March 25, 2020 – Hurts can hurt again. As a grandparent raising grandchildren, you live with the consequences of childhood trauma even in the best of times. Your grandchildren have endured a lot. You may have experienced trauma yourself. Now you must cope this...

#9 Find Your Words

March 24, 2020 – When will this time of trouble be over? Whatever today’s confusing graphs and charts tell us, at some point the lines will bend toward the other side. We will come through. And like gold refined in the crucible’s fire, we will be changed....

#8 Grab Moments of Privacy

March 23, 2020 – Cabin fever is a real: Mental health experts tell us that anxiety, extreme frustration, depression can hit three critical components of mental health: our sense of autonomy, our connections to others, and our feelings of competency and ability...

#7 Be Surprised by Joy

March 22, 2020 – A little over a year ago I was standing at the window of my hospital room on 7 North. Two am. Waiting for the nurse to come in and hang the next bag of chemo. It had started to snow and even above the beeps, dings and relentless HVAC, I could hear the...

#6 Plan Now for the Worst

March 21, 2020 – Of course you are worried. One way to gain a sense of control in these turbulent days is to prepare now for what might happen. What will you do if you or your partner gets sick and needs medical care? As a grandparent raising grandchildren you have...

#5 Hello Out There

March 20, 2020 – The words will chill us for the rest of our lives: “social distancing” and “self-isolating.” As grandparents raising grandchildren, you may feel as though you already have some experience with this, for instance when your old friends lost touch as you...

# 4 Stop, Drop it, Exercise!

March 19, 2020 – As we age, it seems that physical activity goes from being a joy to a chore. Are you up for a little hectoring, nagging, even badgering? For myself, I don’t enjoy being on the receiving end of tough love, but I know that whatever it takes to motivate...