Throughout the school year, we have been sending information related to the five SEL competencies. This will be our final message for this year.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given everyone in our community the challenge of practicing our resiliency skills as we have had to shift our idea of what is “normal” and of what we can expect to happen. As the closure of our schools lengthened through the spring, many of us felt the disappointment of lost opportunities. Throughout, Dr. Leonard reminded us to take care of each other and to look for the helpers around us when we need support. Through his Green Glasses messaging, Dr. Leonard focused on the importance of developing grit through the six strands of resilience: focusing attention, being empathetic, practicing inclusivity, respectfully communicating effectively, and being reflective.
Resiliency and responsible decision making go hand in hand. Learning how to make responsible decisions empowers children and helps them feel a “sense of control.”COVID-19 has given families the opportunity to spend quality time together and to further develop some of those softer skills we often don’t have as much time to teach. Talking and listening to our children and teens supports their development of good decision-making skills. As we encourage our children and teens to make their own decisions periodically, they learn to have confidence in those decisions and become independent. If your child or teen says that he/she would like to make the decision on their own, then consider allowing that, especially, if it is a low risk situation. Remember that reflection is important in the learning process. By asking your child to think about his/her decision, you give them the opportunity to process what worked and what didn’t turn out so well. Whether the decision had a positive or negative outcome, this reflective process helps children in future decision making and leads to resiliency.
Talking and listening to our children helps them learn decision making skills and empowers our kids. It helps the child know we believe in them and know they can make the right decision. “Just knowing that you believe in your child will boost their confidence” and help them grow into healthy adults. This is a time we can spend together as families and as Dr. Leonard shared, “we will emerge from this pandemic more resilient, more united and more grateful for relationships than ever before.”
We look forward to seeing you in the 2020-2021 school year.