Video: Positive Behavior Tips for Families
Our Behavior Support team at San Juan Unified has put together a video showcasing methods and techniques for parents and caregivers looking for ways to encourage their children during distance learning and help form positive habits at home. The routines and practices modeled in the video– by San Juan Unified employees with their own children - include some normal struggles, and how to turn them into successes!
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There are many things you can do to support your student and yourself. Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
- Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
- Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
- Try to keep up with regular routines. During school closures, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
- Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.
Here are a few helpful resources:
- CDC: Helping children cope
- Child Mind Institute: Talking to kids about the coronavirus
- Common Sense Media: Resource for families during the coronavirus pandemic
- HealthyChildren.org: What you need to know about coronavirus
- PBS: How to talk to your kids about coronavirus
Tips for Families
- Hold a family meeting - kids need a chance to ask questions, talk about their feelings and have an idea what to expect going forward. Let them know your work demands and your expectations for them to keep learning during this time.
- Establish a predictable (but not rigid) Monday - Friday routine for yourselves and the kids. Let kids help build this routine so that they have a sense of control over their day.
- Sleep routines - our kids need 10 to 13 hours of sleep a night according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Adults need 8+ hours. Have a regular bedtime and wake up time and keep cell phones and tablets out of bedrooms at night.
- Morning routine - Let’s all get dressed, make our beds and brush our teeth!
- Recess! Build-in several 15 to 30-minute play or exercise times throughout the day. Get outside for a walk, toss a frisbee, ball or frisbee, turn on music and dance or check out the gazillion exercise resources on YouTube. Getting outside with social distancing in mind will lift everyone’s spirits.
- Learning time:
- Reading to and with your kids. Talk about what you’re reading. Ask a few critical thinking questions and make sure kids have evidence to support their thinking.
- Play addition and multiplication games with a deck of cards or dice
- Write cards or letters to relatives, friends and even senior citizens in your neighborhood
- Limit screen time - for those families with dependable access to technology, you’ve got amazing resources at your fingertips, but limiting time spent online is a good idea.
- Journals - We are in a new moment in history. Encourage everyone to write about their day, their wonderings, fears and creative ideas for solving the day-to-day challenges we’re having.
- Physical touch - your kids (even teens) will likely need more physical reassurance than ever before. Practice great hygiene, while still hugging, high-fiving and wrestling with your kids.
- Limit your kids (and your) access to TV news. TV news stations are all competing for your attention with scary and at times sensationalized coverage. The visual images children see stick in their memory and can be unsettling. Go to trusted online sources and consider checking the news once in the morning and again in the evening for updates.
- Lastly, build in some alone time for everyone in the home. While we may love each other very much, we all need our own space to maintain our own mental health. Set aside a period (or two) of quiet time each day for everyone to rest and regroup.