The back-to-school shopping, the bustling hallways after a long summer away from friends, the first day icebreaker games – it’s all going to look A LOT different this year, thanks to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Depending on the infection rates in your community, schools may not physically reopen at all. Whether it’s staggered school hours, safely distanced desks or strictly online learning, there’s a lot of uncertainty about how this school year will play out. For students, parents and teachers, all these inevitable changes can add up to some big-time stress.
As parents, here are some things you can do to set your children up for success despite less-than-ideal circumstances:
Take advantage of the things you can control. Work healthy habits into a routine that works for you and your family. Whether your children leave the house for school or stay at home, try to keep the days structured with consistent times for waking up, eating meals, learning, relaxing and going to bed.
Be honest, but try to stay positive. Your child should be able to come to you with questions or emotions, and count on your honesty. When talking about coronavirus (COVID-19), new school routines or anything else that is worrying them, it’s okay to not have all the answers. Reassure them that when you learn new information, you’ll share it with them.
Use your behavioral health benefits. Whether your family is really struggling emotionally or just needs some encouragement to balance it all, mental health professionals can connect you to tons of resources to help make life easier for both you and your child. BCBSKS members with behavioral health benefits through New Directions can get support with finding in-network doctors and locating community resources when it comes to mental health.
If you’re still struggling, check in on your mental health. BCBSKS members with behavioral health benefits through New Directions can get support with finding in-network doctors and locating community resources.
Source: New Directions Behavioral Health