While leaders discuss the timing and phases of ending the quarantine shutdown, Americans are impatiently waiting to be released from their homes and get on with their lives. However,
psychological experts are warning that if this is done too quickly, a societal grief could be
triggered. They believe we have all experienced loss and we must allow ourselves time to
grieve. We have indeed lost our freedom and our normal way of living, but many people
have lost loved ones, and millions have lost their jobs because of COVID-19.
As parents, guardians, and educators we must remember children follow our lead. Therefore, we are pleased to share emotional and social learning resources to support you and the children within your care.
Parents, guardians, educators: We all know that we have big emotions sometimes, and the same is also true for children. We may not see it come out in the way we understand emotions, but they are also experiencing emotions just like us, especially during this time. They may be feeling alone, scared, angry, sad, or worried just like adults are right now.
How can we help? Here are a few resources to understand and help kids manage their emotions during this time.
Three Ways to Know If Your Kid is Dealing with Loneliness
Supporting Young Children Isolated Due to COVID-19
Supporting kids During the Coronavirus Crisis
Supporting Social and Emotional Learning During the Coronavirus Pandemic
How to Tend to Kids' Emotional Health in the Age of Coronavirus
The best thing you can do for yourself is to take your mental health seriously. Social distancing, isolation, disruption from routine, and stress can create a tornado of negative feelings. The resources below are for different kinds of people (parents, LGBTQ, people in recovery, etc.) who are feeling the effects of this pandemic. Sign up here to keep up with more resources we send out weekly.
In The Rooms - Free Online Recovery Tool - for those recovering from addiction and related issues
How to Avoid Passing Anxiety On To Your Kids
Strategies for Quarantining in a Non-LGBTQ-Accepting Environment
SEL Video Resources for Home - Free Sign Up
COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
Take Care and Stay Safe!
Educators- we know that most of you have already began to start your virtual or remote classrooms from your own homes. You are truly heroes (all the time, and especially now) so we want to provide you with resources and tips to be able to implement SEL into your virtual classroom time.
The Imagine Neighborhood: Emotional Intelligence Podcast
Second Step: COVID-19 Support
Resources to Support Learning During COVID-19 - Includes virtual field trips, by subject resources, and more
Social-Emotional Support in the New World of Distance Learning
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Stay safe and take care!