A message to our students during COVID-19
At Friendship in Action, we are thinking of all the young people as you adjust to life with COVID-19. You have lost a lot. You are missing school, being with your friends, birthday parties, graduations and even some independence. This can't be easy. We wish we could pull up our chairs in our circle and give you the opportunity to process these changes and challenges. We are working on a plan to be able to support you again.
In the meantime, please know that we are thinking of you. We hope that you are able to find some of the unexpected joys that come from shifting your life. And we hope that you stay strong and continue to be the best person you can be. We can't wait to see you soon either virtually or in person.
As you know, Friendship in Action believes in TLC. Could there be a more important time than now to Talk, Listen and Connect?
Talk: Share your concerns and feelings
Listen: Lend a friendly ear
Connect: Reach out to someone — make their day!
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone." ― Fred Rogers
Here’s a great video that might help when chatting with others about these challenging times: The Power of Empathy by Brené Brown.
And, here's a wonderful resource for parents.
Surviving and Thriving at Home with Your Children
Dr. David Tranter is an author, researcher, Associate Professor at Lakehead University and Scientific Director of The Centre for Relationship-Based Education. He addresses the challenges we are facing in a series of three free webinars.
Session 1: Top 10 ways for you and your children to establish a healthy routine, establishing realistic expectations and dealing with stress and worry.
Session 2: Ways to support your child’s learning and development without turning your home into a classroom.
Session 3: Maintaining your own well-being so you can support the well-being of your children.
Stay safe and be well,
The Friendship in Action team