Welcome to the Counselor's Corner Newsletter. As parents try to adjust to this "new normal," it is important to remember that your children may also be struggling. When children are stressed or overwhelmed, changes in behavior (both emotional and physical) are expected and normal. Based on the feedback from the parent survey, we have compiled some helpful tips and resources to help you support your child during this time.
Lack of Social Connection
Just because in-person contact needs to be minimized for the foreseeable future, doesn't mean your child has to miss out on emotionally connecting with their friends and family. Kids may not think of these ways to communicate on their own, so it may be helpful for you to facilitate this for them.

  • Call or Face Time friends and family
  • Set up group chats with their friends
  • Workout or watch a movie virtually
  • Start a virtual book club
  • Play interactive video games or board games together (Family Talk Board Game)
  • Create a collaborative playlist so everyone can share their favorite song
  • Reach out to classmates that you haven't talked to recently
  • Make sure to create family time during the week
Time Management
Develop a Routine/Schedule
  • Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day
  • Schedule breaks throughout the day
  • Keep meal times consistent
  • Allow time for doing something they enjoy (going outside, hobbies, games)
  • Set goal times for completing work
  • Note: Be cautious of "over-scheduling" - it's okay to have down time
Staying Focused
Tips for helping your child stay on task
  • Each day create a list of tasks that need accomplished
  • Prioritize your tasks - be wary of deadlines for assignments
  • Break large tasks into smaller pieces
  • Limit distractions - find a quiet place for your child to work

Emotional Well-Being
How to Work Through the Five Stages of Grief
We know that many students and families are experiencing loss... whether it's a loss of a job, cancellation of school or family activities, sadness related to educational milestones, family or friends who may be ill, etc. It is normal to be grieving during this time. Labeling our experiences as grief can help us normalize and process our emotions.
Managing Anxiety
During this season of uncertainty and unknown, children may exhibit signs of anxiety or worry about the impact of COVID-19 on the future.

This resource provides tips on how to detect signs of anxiety in children and strategies that parents can utilize to help their children manage their worries.

You can help your child develop coping skills which will help them handle their emotions in a healthy way.

Here are some other resources that you can incorporate into your day:
The Power of Listening
“One of the very best things we can do is to simply spend time with our kids and, as we do that, listen to them," says Dr. Barrow. "As a parent, you might be facing very real problems such as a job loss or mounting bills, but that doesn’t mean your teens’ problems are any less impactful or important. It’s crucial to let them talk and to listen to them without lecturing or trying to somehow minimize their stress by comparing it to your own."

Dr. Barrow explains that even when a young person may not choose to fully verbalize their feelings, the time you spend with them may have a more positive influence than you realize. It may also be helpful to ask questions that encourage them to share more about what they are dealing with inside.

"It’s important to invite them to talk and to also be comfortable with silence as they try to think of an answer," says Dr. Barrow. "Ask open-ended questions that might prompt something more than a grunt. For example, if they say, ‘I'm tired’ or ‘I’m not sleeping well,’ that gives you the opportunity to respond by saying something like, ‘Tell me more about that,’ or ‘Can you explain what you mean?’”

Though the future of COVID-19 may be unknown, the need to connect with and value the thoughts and emotions of the younger people in our own household becomes even more important with each passing day. 

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Need support?
If you would like more resources or support on topics that were not covered in this newsletter, please reach out to your child's counselor.
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Counseling Office Hours

The School Counselors are still offering virtual counseling sessions.
 
Email your counselor if you would like us to check in on your child.
 
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