The Counselor's Weekly Updates!

Updated: Mar 28


Good Day,


As St. Stan’s school counselor, I'm here for you and your family during this time of uncertainty. Please check here weekly for tips and activities to support your child's social-emotional health during E-Learning. I'm available from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday via email. I will respond as quickly as I can. Please don’t hesitate for either you or your child to reach out to me. I am also available to schedule video chats with anyone!


We are in this together,



Mrs. Young, LPC

lyoung@ststanschicago.org


Take A Break!

Seriously. Take a break! We're all trying our best here. Do some yoga, go for a walk, bake cookies, and then eat ALL of the cookies (I won't tell). Remind your kids that it's important to turn their brain off during the day so they can recharge and not burn out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X655B4ISakg

Pro-tip: Core Power Yoga is FREE online for one week while studios are closed. Create an account and get to finding your center!

https://www.corepoweryoga.com/yoga-on-demand

Daily Check-Ins

Start each day with an emotional check-in. Ask your child: How are you feeling today? Is there something you're worried about? What are you looking forward to?

Check out the attached link for an example to use for a daily check-in that I found from The Social Emotional Teacher on teacherspayteachers.com

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Distance-Learning-Social-Emotional-Learning-Daily-Check-In-5334816

Gratitude

Remember to take a moment to feel grateful for all of the things that are going well in your life. Something I try with students is the following activity. It's a great way to validate worries while also focusing on all of the things that are going well.


Gratitude Activity

You'll need:

1. Blank paper

2. A pencil

3. Colored pencils, markers, or crayons

Start by having your child write down all of the things that feel icky right now or that they are worried about. After they are finished, have them use the colored writing utensil to write all of the things that feel good, are making them happy, etc. Write over the pencil! When they're done, ask what they notice. (Hint: it's that the worries are still there, but less noticeable and prominent when you see all of the brightly colored, good things)

Talking to Your Child About COVID-19

It's been a whirlwind since school closed and E-Learning began.. Maybe your kids are loving being at home or maybe they are confused and struggling. It's such a challenge to provide children with developmentally appropriate information about COVID-19 and social-distancing without feeding anxiety and fear. Here are a few tips from the CDC:


  • Remain calm and reassuring

  • Make yourself available to talk and listen

  • Share clear and factual information that is honest

  • Teach children healthy habits to help avoid getting sick

  • Be mindful of what they are exposed to on the internet or via the news

Below is the rest of the article from the CDC for how to talk to your child about COVID-19. At the bottom of the article website there is a pdf with information compiled by the National Association of School Nurses. I highly recommend checking it out.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

The following resource has kid friendly articles and tips on keeping healthy and safe. Who doesn't love a good Scholastic article??

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/coronavirus.html



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