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Middle School is an exciting, yet difficult stage for early adolescents. Students who once sought the approval of their parents often begin looking toward their peers for approval, creating a stressful time as student seek to discover their personal identity. As a counselor, my goal is to help students discover their true identify, develop friendships, and learn to balance their home, school, and personal life. Assisting students in various ways allows them to better focus on academics, in return helping them to succeed throughout life. 
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Tips For Helping Kids with Covid-19

Tips for Parents

It is natural for children to worry when scary or stressful events happen in their lives. Talking to your children about these events can help put frightening information into a more balanced setting. Monitor what children see and hear about stressful events happening in their lives. Here are some suggestions to help children cope:

  • Maintain a normal routine. Helping children wake up, go to sleep, and eat meals at regular times provide them a sense of stability. Going to school and participating in typical after-school activities also provide stability and extra support.
  • Talk, listen, and encourage expression. Create opportunities for your children to talk, but do not force them. Listen to your child’s thoughts and feelings and share some of yours. After a traumatic event, it is important for children to feel they can share their feelings and that you understand their fears and worries. Keep having these conversations. Ask them regularly how they feel in a week, in a month, and so on.
  • Watch and listen. Be alert for any change in behavior. Are children sleeping more or less? Are they withdrawing from friends or family? Any changes in behavior may be signs that your child is having trouble and may need support.
  • Reassure. Stressful events can challenge a child’s sense of safety and security. Reassure your child about his or her safety and well-being. Discuss ways that you, the school, and the community are taking steps to keep them safe.
  • Connect with others. Talk to other parents and your child’s teachers about ways to help your child cope. It is often helpful for parents, schools, and health professionals to work together for the well-being of all children in stressful times.

Tips for Kids and Teens

After a traumatic event, it is normal to feel anxious about your safety and security. Even if you were not directly involved, you may worry about whether this type of event may someday affect you. Check out the tips below for some ideas to help deal with these fears.

  • Talk to and stay connected to others. This might be:
    • Parents, or other relatives
    • Friends
    • Teachers
    • Coach
    • Family doctor
    • Member of your place of worship

    Talking with someone can help you make sense out of your experience and figure out ways to feel better. If you are not sure where to turn, call your local crisis intervention center or a national hotline.

  • Get active. Go for a walk, play sports, play a musical instrument, or join an after-school program. Volunteer with a community group that promotes nonviolence or another school or community activity that you care about. These can be positive ways to handle your feelings and to see that things are going to get better.
  • Take care of yourself. Try to get plenty of sleep, eat right, exercise, and keep a normal routine. By keeping yourself healthy, you will be better able to handle a tough time.
  • Take information breaks. Pictures and stories about a disaster can increase worry and other stressful feelings. Taking breaks from the news, Internet, and conversations about the disaster can help calm you down.
Remember, You can always email your counselors if you need us during this break from school.  We'll get back to you as soon as possible!!  
 We Miss You!!
How to help your middle schooler stay safe from online bullying:
1) Explain that what may seen like common online behavior can be cyber-bullying.  If friends post or share embarrassing photos or videos of others, classmates spread rumors on cell phones, or peers send messages via social media, that's crossing a lie.  If done purposely and repeatedly, it's considered cyber-bullying.
2) Point out that what happens on line may have serious, real-life consequences.  A humiliating photo gone viral could cause the victim to stay away from friends or hurt herself. And the bully can get into trouble at home, at school, or even with the law.
3) If your teen receives a bullying email, text, or social media message, tell her not to respond.  That may make the situation worse.  Instead, have her save or print it to keep a record.  Then, she should block the sender and tell you about it so you can decide what to do, such as notifying your Internet service provider or the school.