Self-care tips for parents – Parents please don’t forget to take good care of yourself first. This means recognizing your feelings and allowing yourself the time to restore your physical and mental health. We cannot care for our loved ones unless we take the time to care for ourselves. Here is a link with some self-care tips. https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4894.pdf
Feelings Scavenger Hunt
This is a fun way to help children identify their feelings while sitting at home. For children stuck at home, a scavenger hunt can be a new fun way to pass the time. In this scavenger hunt worksheet, students will search for things that bring up certain emotions, feelings or memories. For example, students will look for objects that: Make them laugh, are part of a new hobby, and help them remember a tip. scavenger hunt worksheet.
Dealing with Anxiety Cup
Many children experience feelings of anxiousness and worry. Most of the time, this anxiety stems from thoughts of being embarrassed or feeling judged for situations that only exist in their heads. The thoughts can easily turn into bigger worries, fears that become overwhelming, and a level of panic where they feel out of control. The lesson below will help children identify the issues that cause anxiety and offer coping strategies that can be used to deal with those feelings. https://media.centervention.com/pdf/Fill-Worry-Cup.pdf
- Your child will write down how they are feeling
- Hand out the square breathing worksheet
- give the child some examples of calming/coping skills.
- imagine your favorite place
- picture the people you care about
- take a break (a walk around)
here are some questions you can ask when you feel your child is feeling anxious:
- “Is my thought based on a feeling or an actual fact?”
- “Is it possible for my thought to come true?”
- “What’s the worst that can happen if it does come true?”
- “Will it still matter to me tomorrow or in the future?”
- “What can I do to handle the situation in a positive
Self-affirmations are a great way to help build self-esteem and overcome doubts. Instead of listening to the voice in our head saying “I can’t,” we focus on words that create a positive mindset and the confidence to keep trying. This post, we’ll expand that idea of positive thoughts by first helping your child identify beliefs about themselves and then creating a set of affirmation cards that they can refer to daily to create a positive attitude.
This is a three part lesson:
- Students will draw (or paste) an image of themselves surrounded by three thought bubbles. In the thought bubbles, they will write things that they believe about themselves.
- Next, students will elaborate on each of their beliefs by answering these questions: Why do you think this? How often do you think about this? Has someone else described you this way?
- Lastly, students will create affirmation cards. When they are finished, they can tape their affirmation cards to a mirror (or another location) to provide positive reminders of how awesome they are! https://media.centervention.com/pdf/Journal-Self-Affirm.pdf