I have been drafting this message to you all, all week, searching for the right words and resources to share. Please know that if you are struggling right now, you are not alone. All of us are doing what we can to figure out how to be our best self during this immensely trying time. I can only imagine what that must be like for each of you, managing this “new normal” with children at home too.
In addition to the pandemic, in the past few weeks I’m sure everyone has had time to read about the heartbreaking deaths of multiple members of the African American community (Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and more). This moment in time is clearly a call to action for all of us; a time to listen to those who have had different experiences, a time to amplify the voices of those under-represented, and a time to keep educating ourselves and the children in our lives.
Tomorrow I will be emailing optional summer activity ideas for students. In addition to those, I sincerely encourage families to take time to talk about these recent events, if you have not already. If you would like support, consider utilizing some of the following resources:
- How to Talk to Kids about the News (Common Sense Media)
- Beyond the Golden Rule: Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice (Tolerance.org)
- The American Psychological Association’s Parent Resources (apa.org)
I’m sure there are additional great resources out there as well. Thank you for your time and partnership. I am thinking of you all and sending best wishes!