Counselor's Corner: You're Doing a Great Job!

Dear Parents, Take a moment to pause and think about all that you are doing right now.   You are helping your kids through a world pandemic, running a home with little or no help, assisting kids with school demands, supporting family and friends virtually, keeping up with work demand, managing your own emotions, and figuring out a new normal.  The responsibilities and demands placed on you are greater than ever.   Yet, you keep going.  You stay open minded.  You try things a new way.  You ask for help when needed.  Each day, you become more flexible and more resilient.  You persevere. This is the ISD counseling team saying, “Parents, you are doing a . . . 


Here are five ideas on how to keep being an awesome person during this time taken directly from www.randomactsofkindness.org REFLECT Spend some time each day reflecting on the small victories (completing a task for work or getting a load of laundry done). BE GRATEFUL Do you have food in the refrigerator? Are you healthy? Can you connect with your family and friends via phone or computer? Did you smile at least once today? COMMIT TO SELF-CARE Do the things that bring you joy and give you energy. Do you like to cook? Enjoy exercising? Play an instrument?  BE PRODUCTIVE Make sure you’re getting done what you can so you can feel a sense of purpose each day. Don’t push yourself, but try to set realistic expectations. GIVE GRACE The main thing to keep in mind during all of this—give yourself a break. You are doing the best you can with the situation at hand. And, make sure to give grace to those who may be having a hard time. Know that the administration, faculty, and staff at ISD think parents are amazing! Also, in case you missed it last week, here is the link to the second Parent Connect Counseling workshop. Enjoy!


With appreciation for all you are doing, Jeff, Katelyn, Mary, Paula, and Eileen The Secondary Counseling Team Counselor Contact Information & Resources Mary Giuliani, All School Counselor, maryg@faculty.isd.sn Eileen Knobloch, MS counselor, eileenk@faculty.isd.sn Katelyn Kearney, HS counselor, katelynk@faculty.isd.sn Jeff Neill, HS counselor, jeffn@faculty.isd.sn Paula Traore, Counseling Intern, paulat@faculty.isd.sn MS Counseling Website HS Counseling Website

Questions from "Growing Our Garden Together" Parent Connect Presentation What am I grateful for today? Who am I checking in on or connecting with today? What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today? What beauty am I either creating, cultivating or inviting in today?

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