During a time like this, we need to remind ourselves that “every cloud has a silver lining.” We use this term to share the hopeful and more positive side of an otherwise gloomy and upsetting situation. I am sure for the past week or so your children have been able to quickly point out the many things they don’t like about being home and social distancing. These feelings of frustration, sadness, discontent and isolation are very real and fair. We need to make sure to support and validate their feelings and normalize them as much as possible. While we wish this wasn’t the new reality, it is. We need to embrace some of the more positive aspects. You might have already been noticing some of these things in your own life including not rushing around, more time spent with family or doing things you enjoy more often. It would be a great idea to start pointing some of these things out to your children so they are able to see the good with the bad. My kids were excited they had more time to cook with me, play board games and even take a few family bike rides this past weekend. I am sure there is a silver lining for your family and more individually for your kids. I heard my son’s friend mention he gets to sleep much later in the morning and my nephew said he got to have his first virtual play date. The silver lining is different for everyone but lets guide our kids to find it and embrace it. We all need a little bit of happiness and peace at the moment.
Please continue to reach out to me as a resource for you and your family –
Ms. Jaime Kagan-Heit
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