As the 2020 school year comes to an end, I have been reflecting on the health and social crises that our children have lived through in the last 3 months. The teachers, PTA and I had approached 2020 as the year of looking forward with “perfect vision”... setting a course for the next decade of continued excellence at Turtle Rock. That vision still remains our focus and we look forward to celebrating Turtle Rock’s 50th Anniversary in the fall.
If your children are struggling to find normalcy in these unusual times, I wanted to offer you some suggestions to implement as the summer begins.
It is time to consider limiting their exposure to TV and media. Get them outside as much as possible, or engage in non-digital activities, especially with you.
If your child has seen upsetting images on TV about COVID-19 or social protests, ask them what they have seen and how they feel about the images. Validate their feelings and let them know it is your job to keep them safe.
If they are highly inquisitive about what they have seen, focus on asking them questions back like, “How do you think those people were feeling? Why do you think they were feeling that way? What do you do when you think something is unfair?” Providing a controlled space to understand what is going on and ways to process it will help children navigate the distressing emotions they may be experiencing.
Read age appropriate books together that discuss character traits such as communication, compassion, courage, curiosity, empathy, gratitude, humility, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and teamwork.
We are so fortunate to be a part of a school community that celebrates its diversity. We consider the background of each family a beautiful stitch in the fabric that makes up our school. Although we may have never envisioned how the 2020 academic year was going to unfold, our vision moving forward is clear that we are Turtle Rock Strong and our future is bright!
Best wishes to all of you. May your summer be peaceful and full of good health.