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Social/Emotional Resources

SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL & MENTAL WELLNESS RESOURCES

As we all navigate through this period and adjust to remote learning and working, there are likely a wide range of emotions you and your family members are experiencing. Children and teenagers will look to you, as parents, for guidance on how to react to the quickly changing situation related to coronavirus and the school closing. Below are some tips and resources to keep in mind as you support your child’s social, emotional and mental wellness needs.
 
LISTEN
Give your child opportunities to talk about their feelings. Don’t try to fix it or give advice; simply listen.
 
ACKNOWLEDGE
When your child expresses an overwhelming emotion, acknowledge it by repeating back to them what they told you they are feeling.
 
HEALTHY PERSPECTIVE/FOCUS ON POSITIVES
Give your child the space to talk about their concerns and help them to reframe their concerns in a positive manner. It’s important to cultivate gratitude, connection, optimism and hope. Some questions to ask:
 
  • What am I grateful for today?
  • Who am I connecting with or checking in with today?
  • What expectations of “Normal” am I letting go of today? What is my new expectation for my “Normal”?
  • How am I getting outside or moving my body today?
  • What am I creating or cultivating today?