I hope that this communication finds you well and in good spirits. During this unusual time, I'd first like to encourage you to take care of yourself and your family. The attitude we use to approach difficult circumstances like this will help guide our children’s development and outlook as well. By choosing to be grateful for what we have and looking for the positive, we choose to control what we are able.
As a family, consider making a schedule to help ease anxiety and then keep track of the interesting things you've done, learned about or accomplished during this time (perhaps as an ongoing list on the calendar or by journaling). Schedule family time such as read alouds, family game times, etc. to stay connected with each other. Work to stay connected to other family members and friends outside of your home--check in with them by phone or other on-line methods, especially those that allow you to hear and see them.
If you are looking for other ways to take care of yourself and/or your children, we have received resources from our community friends which are listed below. If you are in need of additional resources, please reach out to me via email. I will be checking and responding to it each week day.
RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN
NPR Comic about Coronavirus for Kids
National Alliance for Grieving Children
“Please use this workbook to process and create space for everyone’s emotions and connect your family’s stories.”
Art With Heart
COVID -19 Journal (Time Capsule)
Feelings Journal Page (Primary students)
Mindfulness Journal (includes great strategies!)
Feelings Journal (Check in Sheet)
My COVID-19 Journal (includes great strategies!)
Podcasts for Kids
Electronic Books about Coronavirus
RESOURCES FOR ADULTS
Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association
The Emotional Impact of Social Distancing and How to Cope
American Psychological Association
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Learn more about this service by visiting and exploring the website.
Dauphin County Crisis
Crisis Intervention is the 24 hour emergency mental health service provided by the Dauphin County Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities Program. Crisis Intervention staff provide supportive counseling, outreach, assessment, and referral information to individuals experiencing an emotional crisis or difficulty in coping with a personal problem.