Will we stay home forever? What's a protest? Will I be able to go back to school?
The events currently impacting our nation and world may be difficult to process and/or understand. A global pandemic, civil unrest in response to ongoing injustice, a struggling economy and more, are all shaping our lives. Naturally, our children may be curious and have a lot of questions that need and deserve to be answered. It is essential to provide your child with the opportunity to discuss these important issues rather than allowing television, social media, or their friends to entirely shape their world view. If you need assistance in explaining or discussing these difficult topics, the resources below may be helpful.
Childmind.org provides daily tips and insight to assist families in navigating the social and emotional challenges associated with COVID-19, grief, anxiety, and trauma. Two specific resources from Childmind that may be helpful include Helping Kids Handle the News and Coping During COVID-19.
ParentToolKit.com was developed to assist parents in discussing a wide range of topics to include empathy, social justice, overall health and wellness, diversity, and building relationships.
EmbraceRace.org has compiled a list of 31 children's books to support conversations on race, racism, resistance, resilience, and activism.
Be honest and open when your child. Acknowledge what you and your child are feeling (uncertainty or fear). Most importantly, let them know that you are willing to learn and grow with them.
While engaging in these conversations may be frightening, they are necessary if we desire solutions and change.
If you are seeking area counseling resources, please check with your insurance provider or primary care physician, as counseling services are included with most plans. Local community agencies are also listed below.
*Please note, the resources provided are for informational purposes only. The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System does not endorse a particular resource or entity for counseling services. We strongly encourage you to utilize the resource that best meets your needs.