The Parish School Blog
Jun 3, 2020
As protests and riots continue in the wake of George Floyd’s death, it’s likely that children will be impacted in some way by these events. They may witness an emotional response from those around them, overhear a conversation, view something on social media, have it brought up by peers, or see the distress in the faces of those they love. Some children may ask their parents specific questions, initiating a conversation that many may dread, find uncomfortable, want to avoid, or simply not know how to explain a topic so utterly complex. However, these conversations are not to be avoided as not talking about upsetting events only fuels fear, anxiety and uncertainty. Having these conversations with a supportive adult, not only reduces fear, anxiety and uncertainty, but also begins a process of embracing differences and connecting through love, compassion and kindness. We’ve put together this guide to help with that difficult conversation. This guide was prepared by mental health professionals on our staff, but it is by no means the ultimate or only way to engage in this conversation with your child. It is simply one tool that we are offering as a place to start.
May 12, 2020
This one-hour, free webinar features Dr. Crystal Collier, as she shares a thought-provoking look at how quarantined life is affecting the social and emotional health of our children, and strategies parents can use to help them cope.
Apr 21, 2020
Coronavirus or COVID-19 is causing significant disruption to our lives. We are fearful of contracting the disease or someone we love becoming ill. People are setting up rooms where a sick family member could be isolated. We have financial concerns regarding the security of our jobs. Family traditions around Easter, Passover and Ramadan were radically adjusted to include relatives likewise quarantined, via the internet. What about summer? Programs for our children, vacations, and trips to see family and friends are on hold. The uncertainty permeates our thoughts. Our life feels uncomfortably out of control. Everyone reacts differently to situations that are unclear or uncertain. Read on for advice on how to manage your family's stress during this uncertain time.
Apr 2, 2019
Parish elementary students are getting to school bright and early, sliding on their rain boots, and heading out the classroom door, ready to join their classmates on a brisk morning walk around campus. The new ritual, which started last spring and usually takes about 15 minutes, gets their brains focused and ready for the day ahead.