School Counselor Weekly Updates

Week of April 27th

Hello Parents!

It was so nice to be able to see some of you Friday at the Parade even if it was only while passing. Each week becomes challenging to keep our students engaged. If we were in the actual school building, engagement in the Spring is always more challenging due to the excitement of Spring and the end of the school year.

Circle of Control

As you know, one of our habits is Circle of Control. This is an activity that you can do with your children to check your expectations on what you can control in daily situations. To do the activity, all you need is a piece of paper and a marker. At the top of the page write a situation (E-Learning, Pandemic, working from home). Underneath the situation, draw a big circle. Then talk to your child, or yourself, about what things are under our control in the situation. Write those things on the inside on the circle. Then explore what is out of your control and write those things on the outside of the circle. Notice what things are not under your control that you've been trying to manage.

Check in with Yourself

As parents, you must remember to manage your emotions and check on yourself to be a positive role-models to your children. This new normal that we are living in has undoubtedly caused a stir of emotions. Below are things that are out of your circle of control and should be avoided if possible:

1. Unnecessary anger. Does this thing really matter? Will I be upset about this a year from now? 6 months? 3 months?

2. Unnecessary worry. Your mind is a powerful thing. We've evolved to play out worst case scenarios. It seems to be human nature. But the truth is, if you can't control the scenario, why worry? It's not going to add anything to your life.

3. Victim mindset. Everyone is in a different situation. It's ok to mourn loss, that's not what I'm talking about. The pain is real, and for some it's greater than others. Covid happened TO all of us. We couldn't do anything about it...But there are still things in your life you can control. There's actually a good chance you have more control of your health and fitness than ever before! Think about it...You probably have more time to cook at home, schedule your workouts, and devote time to mindfulness.

4. Fear of change. Change can be scary. Ask yourself today, "is there a way I can adapt?" Don't fear change...see it as an opportunity.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns!

Have a great week,

Ms. Young


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