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As we enter into the month of August, we are thinking about the return to school.  Going back to school can be a joyful experience, but it can also invoke feelings of discomfort and stress.  We would be remiss if we did not consider the impact of the pandemic on our children and caregivers (yes teachers, this includes you!).  Throughout the month, we will be sharing information on our Facebook page, but we wanted to supply you with some quick tips here on this page.  

 

  • Create a routine you will follow in the mornings and evenings.  Practice the routine for at least one week prior to the start of school.  For example: Set out clothes in the evening; Follow a set bedtime and wake-up time; Prepare for breakfast and lunch in the evening and get the kids involved!. Knowing what to expect can ease worrisome feelings.  

  • Be pro-active in talking about feelings.  It is great to talk about the exciting times the school year may bring and demonstrating optimism is certainly encouraged.  Telling your child that it is ok for them to talk about all of their feelings with you is important also.

  • If your child expresses worry, concern, etc., validating those feelings can encourage a child to come to you in the future with confidence that you will listen.

 

Caregivers

  • Practice kindness with yourself as you adjust to the changing schedules.

  • Be pro-active in talking about your feelings with your healthy supports.

  • Understand that you are not in this alone.

  • Practice mindfulness (this can help you be in the moment, instead of worrying about the future)

  • Talk to yourself in the same way you would talk to a good friend when experiencing challenges.

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