Sharing the ideas of Ivymount professionals with our community, one week at a time....
Issue 2
Finding a Sweet Spot in Every Day
“Sweet spots” refer to moments when you experience joy during the day. In light of the current situation, it’s important to take the time to acknowledge “sweet” moments amidst the backdrop of the stress and anxiety we are currently facing. Take just a few minutes to write a list of sweet spots from the past two weeks (e.g. a walk in the sunshine, a quiet moment on the couch with your child). Post the list in the kitchen or on the bathroom mirror and read it when things get tough. Keep adding to this list through the next few weeks and remember that without the struggle we wouldn’t be able to appreciate the “sweet spots”. 
Discovering sweet spots is an activity derived from our Parenting with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) group.  Click to learn more.
Tape Art
Use masking tape or painter's tape to create a design on any type of drawing surface, color in the segments, and then remove the tape to reveal a beautiful masterpiece.

Try these different ideas and get creative!
  • Cut the paper into a spring shape before applying the tape
  • Use the tape to spell out your name and then color around it
  • Use a variety of art supplies: markers, crayons, paint, colored pencils, etc
  • Go outside on a nice day and apply the tape to the sidewalk and use chalk to color
Grandma's Rule
Remember grandma telling you to first eat your vegetables and then you can have dessert? Grandma's rule, or the Premack Principle, states that a person will be more likely to engage in a less preferred task if it’s followed up with a more preferred task. Practice this strategy at home by scheduling less preferred tasks early in the day (e.g., brushing teeth, chores, schoolwork) and following each one up with a fun activity or reward (e.g., watch favorite show, snack, toys). Using the language "First (activity), then (activity/reward)" and/or including visuals may be helpful.
Create a Time Capsule
We are all currently part of living history and this event will be talked about for generations to come. Encourage your child to make an electronic or physical time capsule to share with family and friends in the future. Include items such as:
  • Journal entries about their thoughts and feelings - include video and written entries
  • Pictures of the world around them - empty streets, closed stores, sidewalk chalk drawings
  • Interview a family member and record their responses
  • Newspaper magazine headlines or articles
  • Pictures of how you are spending their time.
  • Art projects completed during the quarantine

It will be a great day when you open the time capsule and this time is a distant memory!
Along with sharing at home ideas, we would like to share that Ms. Ashley's last day with Ivymount Outreach Programs is this Thursday. We wish her all the best in her new exciting position with Fairfax County! Ashley was a big part of the Outreach experience for students and families and we know she will be missed! If you would like to send her a farewell message you can email through Thursday.
Good bye Ashley, we will miss you!
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