Here are a few things which might help you during this Shelter-at-home time.
Mrs. Cooper, School Social Worker Contact Info
Online Office Hours on Webex for parents or students:
Monday/Wednesday 12:30 to 1:30
Taking some time for you: Scroll down with Yellow Arrows for a Message from Louie - Parent Message, Moment for Yourself
On-Demand Self-Care videos: Some user-friendly mindfulness meditations and yoga videos for adults, children or families.Brief Wellness Guide for Family Care (attached)Creating Resilient Kids During this Time: Three P's (Facebook)Renee Jain, briefly discusses how to manage our children with all the time at home and with Distance Learning.She offers a framework to support them better or the Three P's with regard to responding to our kidsand doing a FACE check with them.Jain also created the Go Zen Site to help kids with their anxiety.If you cannot access this but want to see it, contact Mrs. Cooper at email@example.com or 719-328-7607Creating Resilient Kids - What's the Whole Story (How are my kids really doing?)Also from Renee Jain: "If your child or teen is struggling with distance learning, there are the emotions we see (anger, frustration, sadness, negativity etc.) and then there is the rest of the story. What do you think are some other parts of the story we might not be seeing?"Social/Emotional Resources for Families
CALL 211: Need help finding the right resources across the Pikes Peak region: https://www.ppunitedway.org/get-help/
Colorado Crisis Services: Need someone to talk to during this crisis or is your student in crisis:Text TALK to 38255
OR Call 844-493-8255
Talking with Children about COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html
Managing Anxiety and Stress: (Thank you, Thriveworks!)
Supportive information for dealing with anxiety: https://thriveworks.com/colorado-springs-counseling/coronavirus-anxiety/
Manage Anxiety and Stress: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
7 Tips for Raising a Younger Sibling
Younger brothers and sisters often feel like they'll never measure up to the big kids. Here's how to let your littlest one shine.By Susan Brody
1. Acknowledge her feelings. When your child's frustrated ("I'll never be able to tie my shoes!"), you may automatically try to reassure her ("Of course you will"). When she complains ("It's not fair!"), you might resort to excuses ("When your sister was 4, she went to bed at 7:30 too"), or worse, trite responses ("Life isn't 4/29/2020 7 Tips for Raising a Younger Sibling | Parents https://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/development/friendship/7-tips-for-raising-a-younger-sibling/ 2/4 fair"). "Instead, let your child know you understand what she's going through," says parent educator Nancy Samalin, author of Loving Each One Best. "If you say, 'Of course you'll learn to tie your shoes,' she'll interpret your response to mean that she shouldn't feel the way she does," she explains. Saying "I know it's frustrating" or even "I bet you sometimes wish you were the older sister" can go a long way toward making your younger child feel understood.
2. Keep explanations concrete. Focus on the reason why each age has its own privileges or skills, says Polly Turner, Ph.D., professor of family studies and early childhood at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque. If your child is upset because his big sister gets to go to bed later, explain that older children need less sleep. If he's exasperated because he can't ride a bike, explain that his legs are still too short to reach the pedals. Then show him how much he's grown since last year.
3. Look for ways to make your child feel unique. Gently remind her that she has privileges of her own -- such as getting to do special things with you while her big brother is at school. You might put her in charge of selecting the bedtime story each night or choosing which place mats to put on the dinner table. Help her find her own interests too. If your older daughter does gymnastics, your younger one might like ballet, playacting, or soccer.
4. Focus on achievements. It's only natural for a younger brother to be upset that he can't master a task he sees his big sister do. Point out the things he's recently begun to accomplish: drinking from a big-kid cup, putting on his coat, reciting the alphabet. But don't reserve praise just for skills. Let each of your children know that you value them for who they are, not just for what they can do. Explain that you love your younger one's funny faces or the way he listens to stories. 5. Avoid comparisons. Nothing stings a sibling more than hearing a parent say, "Molly doesn't cry when I wash her hair, why do you?"...(continued at link above)