Message from the Counselor

What to do while your kids are at home?

  • Stick to a routine similar to school.  Just like school, having a schedule for the day is helpful for kids.  Include a morning wake up time and a bedtime appropriate for the child’s age.
  • Create a time during the day to ‘do school’. Include time to read and do any other learning activities of your choice. Have your child help you with the schedule.
  • Earn fun activities with an incentive chart. Learning activities and chores can be used to earn ‘fun’ privileges to help structure the day.
  • Decide on a ‘screens’ plan for your family. Search out the many resources online on this topic for helpful ideas to keep balance in your household.
  • Make a fun kid MENU of stuff to do. Create a list with your kids of different activities. When their screen time is used up for the day, they have the choice of anything on the list.  Ideas can include: crafts, board games,  making recipes, scavenger hunts inside and outside, imagination play, backyard play.

Finally,  the online library at KCLS has great resources for FREE audiobooks and ebooks:   https://kcls.org/resources-types/ebooks-format/

Sign up to get a library card and use this card to e-check out a lot of audiobooks and digital books to enjoy.

"Why Are American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Anxiety"

The article explains how we have created an environment that fosters anxiety rather than resilience. Read it here:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201711/10-reasons-teens-have-so-much-anxiety-today

Lessons Children Learn From Playing Team Sports

https://childdevelopmentinfo.com/child-activities/lessons-children-learn-from-playing-team-sports/#.WxFsYO4vzIU

Cyber Safety

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog