Spring 2020 • Issue 12
We wanted to bring a special edition of our Parent Newsletter to you during this unprecedented time. We hope what we have gathered provides you and your family with helpful tips, things to ponder, and encouragement for your soul.  
Teens grieving the loss of everyday...
This article from Psychology Today shares insights to the stress of uncertainty as students grieve the loss of everyday interaction with peers, structured academics, extracurricular activities, and the rituals and rites of passage.
Sheltered-In Through the Eyes of Teens
The “new normal” we all are experiencing affects each of us differently - and of course, our teens are no exception. Here are some quotes from Bridge students that convey what they are missing, how they’re adjusting, and even how this unique time is helping them grow:
Navigating and Transitioning to the "New Normal"
Lara Postma is a Certified Life Coach and also serves as a member of The Bridge Teen Center’s Board of Directors. As the parent herself, she created this video from a parent to a parent: 
Lara Postma can be reached through her website lpcoaching.com . For additional local resources, please check out The Bridge Teen Center’s Counselor Quick Sheet.
Remembering the "Whole" Teen
At The Bridge Teen Center, we are committed to taking a holistic approach in helping our students grow and become all they were created to be. Here are some practical ideas that can create some new experiences during this time. 
Staying Motivated & Purposeful
Research shows that maintaining a schedule helps productivity, especially during these uncertain times. Setting goals that pair with a schedule can also provide an opportunity to spend our time wisely and experience greater purpose. We have two tools to help.

View our downloadable teen scheduling tool. Click the picture to download. Check out this Article by Teen SMART Goals.
During this crisis, we have actively sought out ways to adapt our mission to continue reaching our students and families. We are a “Bridge” for your families, which means providing FREE tools to help your family connect, explore and just have fun! 

As of April 10th, we have released two different “Bridge at Home” kits. Although the physical kits have all been distributed, many of the contents can be found online and can be executed at your leisure. Check out our “Bridge at Home” content here:
Taking Time at Home for You
With everyone being at home, this unique time in history is an opportunity for parents to be an example for their teen in a number of areas, including healthy self-care. Here are 15 Self-Care Quarantine Ideas for you that your teen may also enjoy. 

But when you need to get away, enjoy these 10 Things To Do With 10 Minutes Me-Time because chances are you’ve earned it! (Sorry, this one is more for the beautiful Mother’s out there!)
Self-Care Starts with Your Mindset
Start your day with these 6 questions (video) to get off on the right foot! For more on the six questions check out this article f rom the woman who wrote the list.
Give while you shop!
Did you know that The Bridge Teen Center can be selected as your charity of choice when you shop Amazon? When you pick The Bridge using Amazon Smile, we receive a percentage of each purchase. Hundreds of dollars have been raised to date, and it costs you nothing to participate. 
The Power of Social Media
We have heard from parents who want to help us raise support during this volatile time. This pandemic has eliminated our primary funding sources (The Bridge Thrift Store and rental income), and threatens even more. If you want to help raise support through your social media networks so we can continue creating “at home” content and ensure we can reopen when this crisis ends, please click below to access our COVID-19 fundraising guide.
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