Sunday, 31 May 2020 11:24

Raising kids is tough. Raising kids during a pandemic, even tougher

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2020 05 31 Dr. Ray RGBThe coronavirus pandemic has brought stress to new levels for many families as parents try to balance working from home, completing schoolwork and countless Zoom meetings, keeping the children occupied all day, and staying on top of all the new government guidelines. Throw in the fact that even before the pandemic, raising children in a world full of secular temptations, was already a daunting task.

“Parents are overwhelmed and, in many cases, have reached their max right now,” said Carlos Tejeda, director of the Office for Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. “As parents, now more than ever, we need a reset button so we can better equip ourselves and our families to battle all these external factors that can break our relationship with God, whether it’s a pandemic, pop culture, or the media.”

That’s why the diocese is offering a free, three-night family mission with Dr. Ray Guarendi, a clinical psychologist, author, professional speaker, and national radio and television host. Join Guarendi and Catholics across the diocese June 9, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. for “Quarantine, Quarrels, and Quality Time,” and hear him discuss topics that can help parents bring all things back to the family, stand strong as a parent, and learn the logic of being Catholic.

To register, go to