Best We Can Parenting Session 6: When the Doors Open

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, BStrong Together is honored to partner with the Barrington Area Library for Best We Can Parenting - a new virtual parenting series to help parents navigate the challenges of our new world.  For more information and to register for upcoming sessions, visit

As the stay-at-home order begins to be lifted and the doors begin to open, we will start the work of creating a "new normal."  Rita Rippentrop, LCPC, Clinical Director at Stenzel Clinical Services, and BStrong Together Board President, joined us to talk about how to begin to define our new normal, establish and implement new rules or expectations that best meet the needs of our individual family, and manage our own feelings and those of our children as we go back out into the world.

Questions asked during the session include:

  • How can we engage our kids in the process of determining what is safe and comfortable for our family?
  • Given the increase in exhaustion and irritability in our family, how important is it for parents to focus on keeping the peace?
  • How do I talk to my kids about being safe? They have been told that they should stay inside to keep them safe and now we are saying they can go outside.  What should I say if they are afraid?
  • My teen will NOT distance. it’s all defiance and out of my hands.  What should I do?
  • What advice do you have for assisting our children during this time?​

Resources for Session 6

Permission to Feel by Marc Brackett, Ph.D

Brene Brown's Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto  from her book Daring Greatly

Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Wired and Connected by Craig Knippenberg, LCSW

How to Parent When States Open Up 

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