For Parents
  •  Helpful Tools for Families

     

    COVID-19 Wellness guide:

    Do's & Don'ts, distance learning, etc. Guide to Coping with COVID 19

    Teaching your child about COVID-19: Tips to talking about COVID 19: Child Mind Institute  

    Mental Health Wellness APPS: APPs

     

    Parent Toolkit: 

    https://www.parenttoolkit.com/grade-levels/middle-school

     

    13 Tips for Middle School Success:

     https://www.scholastic.com/parents/school-success/school-involvement/13-tips-success-middle-school-principal.html

     

    Help Your Middle Schooler Stay Organized:

     https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/thinking-about-kids/201201/keep-your-middle-schooler-organized

     

    How to stay focused while working from home/distance learning:

    8 Tips to stay focused

    Reducing Distractions at Home

    Tips for Online School

    The Fight to Stay Focused: Ideas to Help!

    Working from Home (Students & Adults): Tips to Stay on Track

     

    Other Wellness Tips: 

    MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS TIPS FOR QUARANTINE (written by a clinical psychologist, NY)

     

     

    1. Stick to a routine. 

    2. Get outside at least once a day, for at least thirty minutes. Find some time to move and exercise. 

    3. Reach out to others. Try to do FaceTime, Skype, phone calls, texting—connect with other people to seek and provide support. 

    4. Stay hydrated and eat well. :) 

    5. Develop a self-care toolkit. This can look different for everyone. A lot of successful self-care strategies involve a sensory component (seven senses: touch, taste, sight, hearing, smell, vestibular (movement) and proprioceptive (comforting pressure). An idea for each: a soft blanket or stuffed animal, a hot chocolate, photos of vacations, comforting music, lavender or eucalyptus oil, a small swing or rocking chair, a weighted blanket. A journal, an inspirational book, or a mandala coloring book is wonderful, bubbles to blow or blowing watercolor on paper through a straw are visually appealing as well as work on controlled breath. Mint gum, Listerine strips, ginger ale, frozen Starburst, ice packs, and cold are also good for anxiety regulation. For children, it is great to help them create a self-regulation comfort box (often a shoe-box or bin they can decorate) that they can use on the ready for first-aid when overwhelmed. 

      MORE INFO ABOUT CREATING A "TOOLKIT": Wellness Tool Kit
    6. Expect behavioral issues in children, and respond gently. We are all struggling with disruption in routine, none more than children, who rely on routines constructed by others to make them feel safe and to know what comes next. Expect increased anxiety, worries and fears, nightmares, difficulty separating or sleeping, testing limits, and meltdowns. Do not introduce major behavioral plans or consequences at this time—hold stable and focus on emotional connection.

    7. Focus on safety and attachment. We are going to be living for a bit with the unprecedented demand of meeting all work deadlines, homeschooling children, running a sterile household, and making a whole lot of entertainment in confinement. We can get wrapped up in meeting expectations in all domains, but we must remember that these are scary and unpredictable times for children. Focus on strengthening the connection through time spent following their lead, through physical touch, through play, through therapeutic books, and via verbal reassurances that you will be there for them in this time.

      MORE ABOUT STRENGTHENING THE FAMILY AT THIS TIME: The Greater Good Magazine
    8. Lower expectations and practice radical self-acceptance. This idea is connected with #12. We are doing too many things in this moment, under fear and stress. This does not make a formula for excellence. Instead, give yourself what psychologists call “radical self acceptance”: accepting everything about yourself, your current situation, and your life without question, blame, or pushback. You cannot fail at this—there is no roadmap, no precedent for this, and we are all truly doing the best we can in an impossible situation. 

    9. Limit social media and COVID conversation, especially around children. 

    10. Help others. Find ways, big and small, to give back to others. Support restaurants, offer to grocery shop, check in with elderly neighbors, write psychological wellness tips for others—helping others gives us a sense of agency when things seem out of control. 

    11. Find something you can control, and control the heck out of it. In moments of big uncertainty and overwhelm, control your little corner of the world. Organize your bookshelf, purge your closet, put together that furniture, group your toys. It helps to anchor and ground us when the bigger things are chaotic.

    12. Reach out for help—your team is there for you. :)