Notes from Rose
(Continued from Part 1)
Tips for family time:
- Try to incorporate meaningful conversations about life right now, acknowledging that it is difficult.
- Encourage each member to bring forth a new experience they had or something that occurred during the week that was unexpected or difficult. How did they handle it? What did they learn? It helps build reflective and problem-solving skills while connecting to familial resources.
- Build in the successes of the week — celebrate them!
- Add in humor: watch a funny video together. Try to make each other laugh.
- Practice gratitude — identify and share one small thing each day that you are grateful for and encourage your child and family members to do the same. This is healing for the brain. Practiced regularly, it can lead to more optimism, relish experiences, build resilience and strengthen relationships.
- Reflect upon a funny moment you had
- Find someone you’re grateful for in your life
- Be thankful for health, family, shelter
- Connect with someone — The world should be physical distancing, not social distancing! We’ve all probably figured out at this point how much we really need each other so reach out today. Connect with someone, set up regular video chats, or send a message. Just let them know you’re thinking of them.
- Spread kindness —This goes along the lines of gratitude and connection and can brighten someone’s day. Write a note to thank all those essential workers who go out every day to risk their lives to help others — nurses, doctors, police, delivery workers, etc. Have your child write out a card for someone and mail it. These types of things help our little ones and us.
- Get outside together — take in the fresh air, go out for a walk, listen to a new song, playlist, try to tune into your 5 senses (sound, smell, feeling, etc.). Encourage your child to connect with this experience as well or make it a scavenger hunt: find different items, do “I spy” games, identify animals or things in nature and categorize by size (small, medium, large). This brings learning into everyday life.