Remote Learning Family Resources
Youth Engaged 4 Change
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has affected the lives of young people everywhere. Young people are actively helping respond to this crisis. The YE4C team has compiled resources to help you make choices about how to help yourself and others. Click on the link below.
Virtual Groups for Emotional Support During COVID-19 Pandemic - You are Not Alone
This program is brought to you by/through NJ Hope and Healing -- CCP program. The Mental Health Association in New Jersey in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, is offering a Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) through a (FEMA/SAMHSA) grant.
Tips for Helping Kids Wear Masks
Here are some ways to help with anxiety that kids may have with waering a mask. Now is a good time to practice wearing the mask for longer periods of time.
Ways to Build Compassion as a Family
Submitted by Mindbeat, Vanessa Boykewich, ESS Clinician
Research shows that helping others can be a great way of improving our own moods, though we know that doing so during a pandemic can take a bit of creativity!
Decorate a box or jar to be a piggy bank for loose change, and decide where you will donate the money once it's full
Ask each other “Who have you helped today?” and “Who has helped you today?”- this can be a great daily or weekly habit!
Research what food items a local food pantry is in need of, and add some to your grocery list
Make “Thank you” cards for essential workers, or a thank you sign for your yard or window
Make “Feel Better” cards for extended family members or friends that aren’t feeling their best physically or emotionally
Ask each family member to identify one friend / classmate / neighbor that they haven't spoken to since self-isolation began, then reach out and ask how they’ve been doing
Gather clothes, sheets and towels to donate to people and animals in need
7 Key Steps to Raising Inclusive Kids plus several resources
One of my favorite online resources "Big Life Journal" has compiled several resources for you on the topic of race, diversity and inclusion.
Supporting K-12 Students During COVID-19-Parent Webinars- FREE
The STEP office at TCNJ is honored to present two live webinars for parents and focused on supporting K-12 students during the COVID – 19 pandemic.
Stay tuned for upcoming dates!
Helplines to assist youth and families with stress, emotions, and crisis.
2nd Floor Youth Helpline
This is a helpline serving youth and young adults in NJ. The line is staffed by professionals and trained volunteers.
This helpline is to support families who are stressed. The line is staffed by trained volunteers.
Crisis Text Line
Text “NJ” to 74741
This text service is to help those in crisis. The line is staffed by a crisis counselor.
Tips for Reducing Isolation
Click on the link below for some fun ideas! Information provided by goodgrief.org
The Connection Crisis by
The loss of social interaction is arguably one of the most difficult issues children and teens are being forced to face right now. The reality of our schools having to run virtual and hybrid learning is leaving students longing for much needed human connections. Not only are they missing friends, and rights of passages like, prom, homecoming, etc., but the relationship between students and teachers is suffering too.
It is so important for teachers and students to form a strong bond at the beginning of the school year. A good rapport and trust between teachers and students is critical for achieving academic success; and there's no doubt the “new normal” is throwing a bit of a wrench in that.
During this trying time, it is important for teachers to remember that their students
Are longing to interact with one another. They are also in a very important stage in their lives; and socialization with peers is critical for their development.
Miss the contact with their favorite teachers and other influential adults. Teens rely on, and look for guidance from many people in their lives, not just their parents or guardians. These can be teachers, guidance counselors, or coaches. Interactions with these kinds of people is so critical for students who are most in need of additional support.
Are not only dealing with the consequences of the pandemic, but also dealing with many stressful current events such as racial injustice, and police brutality, the shutdown of many businesses, and maybe the job loss of a parent or loved one. Being a teenager has a lot of stress and challenges already; and current social issues may be creating more anxiety for kids who haven’t learned all of the ways to cope.
Virtual and hybrid learning programs make it harder to establish and maintain these important connections. This new way of learning is a complete shock to a students daily routine. Teens have grown accustomed to getting up in the morning, brushing their teeth, tying their shoes; and heading off to school to see friends and teachers, the same way they’ve done since they were in kindergarten. All of that has come to an abrupt halt, and many students are starting to feel the stress and anxiety as a result.
Here are some great ways teachers can help their students relieve stress and anxiety.
Coping Tools for Students
- Encourage students to connect with each other using the phone, text, video chat, and social media. They can set up virtual study groups, even a Zoom lunch table.
- Take a long walk through a park or natural setting or try meditation or exercise to relax.
- Engage in activities that make them happy or spark their creativity such as photography, gaming, or reading. Those activities that they get lost in are the ones that will bring joy to this situation.
- Schedule time each day for talking to friends, work, and relaxation. Having a schedule is always important for kids. With virtual learning, this schedule is even more important.
- Make sure they can talk with someone they trust about their feelings and experiences during this time. Find out if the teachers, coaches, and group leaders are available to connect for a virtual chat. Perhaps set up Zoom calls for scout groups or sports teams so they can just chat with each other and the group leader.
10 Tips on How to Maintain a Routine of Kindness During Difficult Times courtesy of Random Acts of Kindness.org
Stability at Home
Maintianing stability at home during quarantine is not easy. Here are some tips from Sage Day.
Psychology Today Articles on Coronavirus
Psychology Today is a magazine that is made up of writers that are renowned psychologists, academics, psychiatrists, and therapists. Here are some articles from Psychology Today that may guide you through these stressful times.
Tips on How to Share Feedback in a Positive Way
Several families are struggling with Remote Learning; handling family duties plus school work. One of the struggles is having to be the teacher and giving feedback that children understand and are willing to take. It is different when its not the teacher giving the feedback, but mom and dad or guardian. Here are some tips, courtesy of Big LIfe Journal, to help with balancing positive with negative feedback.
Tips to Navigate Disruption
Some tips for working through this disruption as a family. These ideas are from https://comfortzonecamp.org/resources/
We are all experiencing disruption in our daily lives. This is unchartered territory for us, but is an extra confusing and even worrisome time for our kids. Here are some practical tips to help navigate this time:
- Understand that kids are experiencing “life grief.” They are “grieving” the disruption of their daily lives – sports seasons canceled, proms, spring concerts, graduations and more! This is especially true for Seniors in high school and college. Expect emotions like sadness, anger and confusion. Life as they know it has changed and there is not a clear end insight.
- Validate whatever your kids are thinking or feeling is okay.
- Remain calm and reassuring: Kids will take their lead from you.
- Be honest and talk in age appropriate language.
- Monitor and limit TV and social media.
- Make this an opportunity to do some family activities you wouldn’t do otherwise—plant a garden, have game nights, bake, do some DIY projects, start a book club, etc.
- Look for the something good from something bad and point out those moments!
Food Pantries in Hamilton
Click on this link to find local food pantries.