Parents and Students:
Above and beyond the panic and trauma that comes from pandemics, we’re facing an undetermined amount of time when school, and consequently the only structure and sense of safety for many kids across the nation, is taken away. For many, school provides safety, food, routine, socialization, connections, and stimulation. Any change from routine is stressful. And, if parents now have to look for childcare or are worried about money/income, etc., stress levels go up. When stress levels go up in parents, behavior changes usually occur in children.
Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help YOU cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.
Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include
- Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
- Returning to behaviors they have outgrown
- Excessive worry or sadness
- Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
- Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens
- Poor school performance or avoiding school
- Difficulty with attention and concentration
- Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
- Unexplained headaches or body pain
- Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
I would like to mention a few things to help you get through this pandemic:
Please monitor your student’s social media, text messages, etc. usage. When students are bored or trapped in technology too long without structure that is when mean messages get sent, inappropriate conversations or pictures, and exploration into some mature websites could happen. Please be checking your child’s phones, messages, apps, etc.
Both the links to the left and your online counseling classroom have some ideas, tips and tricks, and making the most of your time at home suggestions.
Community resources are listed that may aide in providing for additional help and support.
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