Laura Gallo, assistant professor of counselor education, has compiled information, tips and resources in a presentation geared toward helping parents to practice social and emotional wellness while working and learning from home.
Gallo recommends that parents model the behavior they want to see in their children, which takes practice when stress levels are high. Some tips she shared in the presentation are:
- Remain calm
- Check in with your child often
- Be okay with uncertainty
- Incorporate strategies to help your child work through their anxiety:
- Provide structure and routine
- Model being calm yourself by practicing mindfulness
- Stay positive
- Limit television and social media.
In Gallo’s full presentation in the video below, she has included tips on mindfulness and activities to try so parents and children can work on creating a more positive environment at home. Closed captions are available by clicking the “cc” icon at the bottom of the video.
For more information on how to practice mindfulness with children, Gallo has also recommended the following resources:
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