Coping With The Corona Crisis
Dear DC Parents,
We are in strange and unprecedented times that are worrisome and alarming for both children and adults. At DC, we want you to know we are in this together. By working together, we can reduce the worry that surrounds the virus and continue to support our students spiritually, academically and emotionally. DC’s Student Support & Safety Team (SSST) exists to support and promote the well-being and safety of all our students.
In the next few days, we will be providing you with updates from each of our areas so you know the support and resources available to your family.
DC’s Student Support & Safety Team
From Erin Smith, DC School Counselor & Director of Counseling Services
Dear DC Families,
It has been my privilege to have supported your children this year in class settings, groups and individually. I am committed to continuing to provide you and your children with care and support even outside of the typical school environment. Here are some ways that DC’s Counseling Services will support you at home.
On the DC Connect Counseling Resources page, sources have been provided for how to talk about the current situation. Staying informed on what we have control over is a great way to reduce anxiety in children (and adults!). We will also have links to social/emotional learning that can take place at home. In addition, I will available to connect with you or your children during normal school hours. If you see your kids struggling emotionally or academically, please reach out so we can work together to keep them healthy and on track. Lastly, if your family needs food during this time, please let me know. I will connect you with community resources that can provide your family with food. The best way to reach me is by email at email@example.com or message me on DC Connect.
As a former homeschool mom/teacher, here is some of my best advice to you.
- Spend time with your kids, whether they are bigs or littles. I hear from middle school and senior high students all the time that they want time and attention from their parents. Here’s the tricky thing: They don’t always act like that is what they want. But they do ~ trust me. At the end of all of this, you won’t regret a minute you spent with them and they, and you, will be better for it.
- Do your best to keep a schedule. Kids feel secure with routine. Keep bedtimes, set your wake-up times – they can be later than usual school days because sleep is good for growing (and aging!) bodies. Schedule your school time, your exercise time, meal time, chore time, play time, outside time, etc. Kids, and again adults, of all ages do better when keeping a schedule. Wake those teenagers up and get them moving!
- Stay connected. Use technology to stay connected with friends through FaceTime or Skype. Write letters or draw or color pictures and send them in the actual mail (the kind that requires stamps!).
- Go outside. Throw or kick a ball, go to the park, go for a hike, walk around your block, swing. Nature has a beautiful way of re-centering and grounding our minds and souls.
- Turn off the news – for you and the kids. It promotes fear, anxiety and worry and Scripture tells us over and over that we do not need to fear. Trust our sovereign God is still on His throne and knows what is happening, and we don’t need to know every minute-by-minute detail.
- Be gracious and forgiving with yourself and your kids. We have all been thrown into a situation we didn’t plan for or expect, and it has thrown us all for a loop. This isn’t going to be perfect, but it might just be good enough, and we may even be surprised by unexpected blessings of deeper family relationships and fortitude we didn’t know we had.
Please contact me with any questions. I’m always open to questions or suggestions.
Erin Smith, DC School Counselor & Director of Counseling Services
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1: 7