Welcome one and all to our parent page. Here, we will plan to post some links to some online resources and some useful reading to continue to support you during this unpredictable time. Feel free to let me know how you get on with these or to suggest something that other families may benefit from via the school email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
And just like that, it's the last week before we head into the summer holiday! This will be the last instalment of Parent's Corner until we return to school in September. Thank you for your support over the last few months. It's been a real rotter of an end to what started out as another great year. Hopefully by the time September swings around, we will be a little bit closer to normal.
Things aren’t easy at the moment. Spending more time in the house is hard and having kids at home to look after can add more of a challenge. Add working from home, job worries, trying to keep the wee ones entertained, all while dealing with the thought of you or family getting ill, it’s no wonder parents are getting stressed and anxious.
While we’re all focused on our physical health just now, it’s just as important that we look after our mental health. There are things you can start doing to try and look after yourself. And remember, this is something we are all going through, and there is support out there. Parent's Club have put together some advice to try and help you cope at the moment. Click the picture below to access their website.
MINDFULNESS ACTIVITY: ENGAGE IN SOMETHING CREATIVE
Painting, gardening, writing, cooking, sewing, building things, using colouring in books with your kids, planning a trip, playing an instrument… There are so many different ways to express creativity!
When we immerse ourselves in creative activities, we often naturally experience mindfulness. We’re not thinking about anything except the present moment because we’re too busy experiencing the creative activity.
For example, last week I went out to the garden and picked some flowers for the dining room. I spent some time arranging them in different ways and taking photos of them. I wasn’t thinking about what I needed to cook for dinner, or worrying about the unread emails in my inbox, or thinking about my to-do list for work. I was paying attention to the beauty of the flowers – the different colours and shapes and textures, having fun arranging them in new ways, and taking photos to experiment (rather than trying to capture the perfect image). I was simply immersed in that creative activity.
Sometimes, meal times in my house can be like feeding time at the zoo. Why not use meal times as an opportunity to generate some family discussions around the room. Don't forget to get involved yourself. I will add a few different topics/ sentence starters each week for you to choose from.
- What are your aims for the next week?
- If you could have dinner with a celebrity, who would it be? What question would you ask them?
- What book are you reading at the moment? Share the character's experiences with your family.
- Simply, how are you feeling today? Share your thoughts and feelings.
- Discuss what you like about having dinner together as a family (besides the food).
- Who is your hero? Why?
Any courses recommended to you are free and will require you to sign up with a valid email address.
The Mainstream Schools Speech and Language Therapy Team is offering online workshops for parents in July and August 2020 on the following topics (click on each for more information):
- Speech Sounds
- Understanding and using Language
- Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social communication
The online sessions are being offered for parents to understand and support the speech, language and communication development of their children and will provide practical advice and strategies for parents to implement.
I've come across this course on Psychological First Aid following Covid-19. It mentions learning how to give practical and emotional support to others so I'm in. I hope you enjoy it. It is recommended that you commit an hour to this per week for 3 weeks. I am working my way through it and am finding the minefield of emotional stress particularly interesting to delve into.
This will give you an insight into how adults can use different methods of teaching to encourage a small child to expand their boundaries and develop new ways of thinking. The Open University recommend allowing 20 hours to complete this.
How does a child's mind and behaviour change as they develop over time? In this free course, four theories of child development are explored. Each theory views child development from a different perspective and all have underpinned psychological research for many years, and continue to do so today. By the end of this course you will have a good understanding of each of the theories and will probably have begun to challenge your own assumptions about how your own children, or children you know, have developed over time. The Open University recommend allowing 20 hours to complete this.