Dear Franklin Families,
As we enter this year with our annual parental excitement for this new stage in our children’s education, we also have apprehension and uncertainty starting school remotely. If you are simply exhausted, disappointed, and anxious, you are not alone! These past months have been a time of uncertainty and challenge, as we have had to adjust to being apart from friends, family, and community. And, in addition to the pandemic, we have seen rising consciousness about social and racial justice in our world. This is truly an unprecedented and emotionally charged time!
Some of my hopes for our Franklin Parent Community during this time:
~ Let’s get comfortable with uncertainty.
~ Take time to validate and show compassion to yourself and your children.
~ Refrain from asking yourself to go “above and beyond”.
~ Find ways to stay in the present. Meditation may be a helpful way to do this. In fact, meditation improves stress, cognitive function, and emotional regulation.
~ Set limits that are manageable for you, and honor your limits:
o with technology
o with social media and news
o with work (e.g., set a time to end your work day)
~ Remember to take time for self-care.
o connect with loved ones
o do something you enjoy (hobby, learning something new)
o find time for yourself
~ Find ways to do good for others (even as simple as wearing a mask).
~ Find ways to have gratitude, and share your gratitude as a family.
~ Accept your imperfections and mistakes.
~ Carve our quality, connected time with your child. Play together. Create something together. Sing and dance together. Read together! ~ Take time to just listen to your child, and to talk with them.
~ Give your child responsibility. It empowers them and provides a sense of autonomy.
With love, positivity, emphasis on family, gratitude, consistency and structure, our children will thrive during this time. We may even find new family rituals and connections that enhance our relationships as we move forward!
I have attached the following resources to help you at home:
~ Helpful Behavior Tips (English and Spanish)
~ Online Learning Links (English and Spanish)
~ Community and Mental Health Resources for Students, Parents and Staff (English and Spanish)
~ Resource and Referral List for Mental Health and Social Services (English and Spanish)
Please reach out if there is anything you need. The Franklin staff is here for you and your children during this time, and we feel honored to have the opportunity to be a part of your children’s education.
Franklin Elementary School Psychologist
310-828-2814 ext. 62221
The LA County Disaster Distress Helpline for emotional support and resources is available at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
Teen talk app: :https://teenlineonline.org/teen-talk-mobile-app/
TEXT and EMAIL are available and can be found at https://teenlineonline.org/talk-now/
Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
Dial 211 for referrals to mental health and community resources