Coronavirus Resources For Parents
Our Parents Community Circles are back!
Starting at the beginning of the pandemic we gathered together on a weekly basis to talk about all things parenting and COVID. Over the course of 4 1/2 months we talked to school and medical experts about how to best support and make decisions for our children. But most importantly we talked to each other. Let’s continue to conversation and continue to support each other through hybrid and remote learning, crazy work and parenting schedules, and figuring out how to keep our families and community safe and sane!
We are thrilled to be offering separate bimonthly zoom Parents Community Circles for parents of Elementary, Middle and High School students. Morning and evening sessions will be scheduled at all levels hosted by Dr. Alan Dienstag and Dr Katie Sawyer. Our first round starts the week of September 21st. Stay tuned for our complete schedule.
The most important tip for parenting in the age of COVID-19, remote & hybrid learning:
Validate, validate again, and validate some more.
All of the feelings that your child is having is valid. All of the feelings that you are having are valid. All of them.
One of the easiest, most neglected, yet most powerful things you can do for your child is to be a safe and steady presence for them. We don’t have to fix things, we don’t have to give advice or cheer them on. We simply need to be there for them. How do we let our kids know that we are there? We validate their feelings. Our kids need to know that it is okay to feel whatever it is that they are feeling. These are tricky times. They need to know that it’s okay to not feel okay some of the time.
How to validate.
You convey to the other person in words, gestures and behavior that the way that they are feeling is understandable and makes sense. You don’t have to agree with their feelings, you just need to show that you understand them. That’s it. If you do this, and only this, you are actively helping your teen to cope.
The Larchmont Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center (LMCCC) will be providing a variety of parent support services in the months ahead. Watch out for announcements on our website or sign up to be notified of new parent programs here.
Helping your kids navigate school at home
School updates: https://www.mamkschools.org/district/fall-2020-planning-updates
Looking after your family's mental health
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