Parenting during job-loss, divorce & disease diagnosis

Pastor Jimmy Bartz offers hope and advice for parents dealing with stress, tragedy or life challenges
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Parenting during job-loss, divorce & disease diagnosis

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A really normal concern we have as parents is shielding or protecting our children from our own stress and pressure. So maybe that stress or pressure comes from experiencing divorce or losing a job or getting a challenging medical diagnosis. The most important thing for us to do is to be developmentally appropriately vulnerable for our children, to allow our children to see the full range of human experience that we're experiencing as parents to they might understand that life is about ups and downs and peaks and valleys. So when they engage it at their own level as children and in the future as adults, they'll know that these challenges are normal. They're what typical, every day people experience. So in the moment though these situations seem tragic or impossible for us to engage or impossible for us to parent in those moments, when we have that satellite view, we know that this is life. And that's what we want to communicate to our kids. This is life. And in fact, in life they are safe and loved even though we might be experiencing this hard patch.

Pastor Jimmy Bartz offers hope and advice for parents dealing with stress, tragedy or life challenges

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Jimmy Bartz

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Jimmy serves as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Prior to coming to Jackson, he was the founder and priest at Thad’s, an emergent Episcopal Church in the Santa Monica, California, in the Diocese of Los Angeles. He has also served as the Campus Missioner at the University of Texas in Austin, at All Saints’ in Austin, Texas, and All Saints’ Parish in Beverly Hills, California. He is a graduate the University of Texas at Austin and Virginia Theological Seminary. Presently, he serves as the Chair of the Board of the Episcopal Evangelism Society, and in years past has worked with Red Bull High Performance teaching athletes spiritual disciplines, with Naval Special Warfare working to create systems for character development within special operations teams, and was a speaker at TEDx, Venice Beach.
Married to Cindy and dad to Jas and Jade, the Bartz family loves to spend time outside mountaineering, skiing, fly-fishing, hunting and surfing.  Jimmy is currently writing a book on the spirituality of risk.

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