The Parish School Blog

Jun 3, 2020

How to Talk to Kids About Protests and Racism

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

How to Keep Your Children Mentally Healthy During Quarantine

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

Taking Care of Your Family's Mental Health

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 8, 2020

5 Tips to Help Establish a Distance Learning Routine

Families all over the world have been impacted by schools and businesses closing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This change is leaving students, teachers and parents to navigate the new territory of distance learning with parents taking on the role of overseeing their child’s schoolwork, all while juggling their own work from home. This can lead to a lot of added stress, frustration and anxiety for all involved. One of the best ways to help children (and adults) adjust to a new normal is by establishing a routine. Here are a few tips to help you set a routine for your family.