Dear RBE Families,
We have missed your children in our halls and are so glad to see you and your children today. We realize that everyone has mixed feelings about this, varying from excitement to anxiety to fear. We understand and we will get through this together. We are taking every precaution to keep everyone safe. Here are few tips to help ease the transition back to in-seat learning.
Validate, Listen and Be supportive
As parents it will be important to listen to your child’s concerns and, even if the emotions are extreme, express understanding and empathy. Letting the child know you understand and appreciate their perspective will help start up a dialogue for problem solving.
Be honest and encouraging, rather than reassuring
Some children will need assurance that there are precautions in place to reduce the risk of spreading germs to both students and staff at our school. If your child is anxious and continues to need reassurance, you can help them think of ways to calm themselves, with a positive thought, or taking calming breaths.
Praise your child for being courageous
Let your child know you are proud of them for going to school even though they are nervous. At the end of each day, ask about what are two positive things that happened in their day.
Model good coping behaviors for your child.
Your child will look to you to determine how they should cope through this process. How you handle your fears and approach the topic of returning to school will have an impact on how your child views and reacts to their situation.
It is ok to express to your child, that you are nervous too and share the coping skills you use…maybe it’s taking a deep breath, imagine a place that makes you feel calm, or saying a positive thought to yourself.
Take care of yourself
As, Gary Landreth, says “You can’t fill from and empty well”. Being a parent (or child) is challenging enough and the stress of the pandemic can take its toll. Remember to find things that bring you joy each day! Make sure you and your children get plenty of sleep, eat healthy snacks and exercise.
Know your limits
Remember it is ok, not to be ok and to reach out to personal and professional support systems. Our school counselor is here to support students and families as well.
Focus on the Donut, not the Hole.
Remember to focus on what is going well in your life, with your children, your job, and even your parenting skills. It is easy to get caught up in what’s going wrong and miss out on all that is going so right! This is true for children as well.
Adapted from https://www.anxietycanada.com/articles/7-tips-for-educators-returning-to-school-during-covid-19/
School Counselor Rock Bridge Elementary