Wellness Wednesday

Your Counselor - Ms. Mutter, & PBSES Coach - Ms. Kusunose

From Ms. Kusunose

Hello Families! We are in the last days of April. I hear from families and friends how amazing the time with family has been. Personally, I love my daily lunch dates with my own two children and our daily talks (and walks when the weather permits). This time feels very special to me as I feel like my children are growing up so quickly. I also hear the challenges of managing all the emotions in the home. Here are a few things to try with your child/ren to practice the skills around emotional regulation. This is also a great tool to use to discuss how you as an adult resolve your emotions. For more support, please reach out!

For Student:

Cookie Monster Can Wait! - primary

4 Strategies to Self-Regulate (Video 6:36 min) - Primary

Why We Lose Control (video 6 min) - Intermediate

For Student and Family:

5 Games to Play for Self-Regulation (video 7 min) - Games starts at 2:33

1. Red Light Green Light. “Red Light” = Freeze. “Green Light” = move towards finish line.

2. Freeze Game. Music on = Dance. Music off = Freeze.

3. Wacky Relay. Pair moves an item together using one body part. For example, two kids move a bar of soap using elbows, across the living room!

4. Blowing Bubbles. Challenge: Not to pop them.

For Family:

Article: How to Teach Your Child Self-Regulation

Yoga with Kids

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From Ms. Mutter

With all of the change and the start of online learning, it's understandable that emotions are running high for kids and adults alike. I think perhaps the most important part of "emotion regulation" is really honoring your feelings. That means acknowledging them, spending some time with your feelings and getting to know them. And then it's the ability to express them, but in a healthy way.

Adults can model this with verbal sharing activities such as "Rose and Thorn", where you share one thing that made you smile or made you feel good that day (Rose), and one thing that made you feel upset/frustrated/sad/worried (Thorn), and what you might do to handle that situation. Practicing this verbal processing of feelings out loud with people you trust is incredibly healing. Make sure to incorporate lots of feeling words (and even feelings visuals) as you have these conversations with your kids. "I felt _______ when _______ because _______."

Some prefer to express feelings in other ways, such as art and creativity. One of the most effective ways I can help students process very strong or overwhelming feelings is through art or writing. As soon as a student is able to put those big emotions down on paper, they can feel some sense of control and calm. I love this local organization, Art with Heart, that focuses on using art to help kids cope with adversity and trauma. They have put together ideas for creative expression activities in the home during COVID. Click here to learn more!

** Note: If you have complications with accessing our available district food supports (or know someone who does), please reach out to Ms. Mutter and she will assist in finding a solution that best meets your needs**