Carolina Springs Counseling Crew

April 2020

Big picture

Contact your School Counselor if your family needs resources

Please let one of us know if your family needs any resources at this time. We can help connect you to resources to help with physical needs (food, shelter, paying essential bills, etc.) or mental health needs such as referrals to community counselors if anyone in your family needs additional support at this time.

Edie Burritt (3rd and 4th grades, Snow, Martin and Kallange's classes):

Jessica Calhoun (5th grade, 4K classes):

Penny Steinmeyer (1st and 2nd grades, Curry, Cockrell, Youngblood and Schroeder's classes:

Taking Care of Our Mental Health

Here's a link to a great resource for parents that offers advice on how to care for our children's (and our) mental health in the midst of all of the uncertainty that comes with the Corona Virus:

Some tips offered in this article include:

  • If your child (or you) is particularly anxious about the Corona virus, allow a set time in the day as "worry time". You can write down the worries or talk about them and problem solve together. Limit this time and then plan to move on at a specific time.
  • Be present for your child. Turn off the screens and help your child to be aware of their senses in the moment. This is a wonderful calming activity.
  • Check in with your child about his/her feelings. Make this a weekly planned activity.
  • Before you go to bed each night, list 3 good things from that day.
  • Have as much of a routine in your day as possible to give your child a sense of normalcy and a predictable schedule. Children (and adults) really function better when we know what to expect in our day.

Daily Quarantine Questions

1. Who am I checking on or connecting with today?

2. What expectations of "normal" am I letting go of today?

3. How am I getting outside today?

4. How am I moving my body today?

5. How am I expressing my creativity today?

6. What type of self-care am I practicing today?

7. What am I grateful for today?

Spread Kindness, not Corona!

How are you spreading kindness at your house?

Hold the door open for someone

Draw a picture for someone

Say something nice to someone

Clean up your toys without being asked

Give a family member a hug

Tell someone you love them

Call someone to say hi

Watch someone else’s favorite movie with them

Clean up your dishes after eating

Help make a meal

Do a chore for someone

Help set the table

Leave a kind note for the mail carrier

Help someone make their bed

Help someone clean their room

Call someone and tell them to have a nice day

Read someone’s favorite book with them

Give a compliment

Give two high fives (then wash your hands)

Draw a picture for your neighbor

Big picture