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As we come around a year of our "new normal," with remote learning, distanced hang outs, and lots more time spent at home, it is a great time to start doing some new things with your children. School is coming to an end, and things feel like they might be slightly more normal, so take some time to have a conversation with your child about the past year that they have been through.
Validate their unique experience of how being in school during a pandemic is not something that many have to go through, and that despite it being tough they made it through a year.
Ask them to reflect on two things they learned whether it is about themselves, a new hobby, or others. Consider sharing what you have learned with them too.
After reflecting on what you have learned, set goals for the summer and write them down. If your child enjoys art have them decorate these goals and put them in an envelope. Take these goals and put them away until the summer is over and you can reevaluate.
Have your child pick a new outdoor hobby, (with other kids if possible) being at home has not been easy on anyone. Now with warmer weather, we have to take advantage of being able to spend time and do things outdoors.
Ask your child to write a letter to their past self from the beginning of the pandemic. Encourage them to write about how things will get better, and how life is in the present time. This is a good way for them to think of positives.
As difficult as this time has been for children, it has been for parents as well. Take time to take care of your own mental health and reflect on the last year.
Consider having your child joining one of our virtual groups (these will be going back into person soon!). We have plenty of options from art groups, to gaming groups. These groups will give your child an opportunity to have positive social interactions with other children their age from the comfort of your home.
Also, as always, we have individual therapists available. Having a therapist can help transitional periods like these be easier for you and your child.